Hannah yearned for purpose in a world in which women’s worth was only childbirth and nurturing children.
Like Hannah, we live in a world which defines our worth by standards not all of us can meet.
Like Hannah, we hurt when the world defines us. We grieve when our desires to fit in and to meet earthly expectations are thwarted.
We cry out! We beg! We plead!
But God defines us by love. God listens and feels with us. Sometimes things change.
And sometimes they do not.
Always God loves us and calls us to use our gifts for good. Let us pray,
Holy One, as we enter into worship, hear our wants and deepest yearnings. Encourage us to focus on loving our neighbors, on doing justice, on being present with you and with one another. Open our clenched hearts and fists that we can share our whole selves with a fragmented world. Amen.