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Here I am, Lord

Background: Even as a child, the future prophet Samuel heard the voice of God. Tended by Eli in the Temple, the boy slept near the Ark of the Covenant, which housed the tablets of law God had given to Moses. Physically, the priest Eli had begun to lose his vision, but spiritually, the whole Hebrew nation had begun to lose sight of God. Visions and the word of the LORD came rarely, but even so, someone had to see or hear. Someone had to be open, childlike, and receptive to God. So the LORD called the boy Samuel. By name, God called, “Samuel, Samuel,” and immediately the boy got up and ran to Eli, saying, “Here I am for you called.” But Eli said, “No, I didn’t. Go back to bed.” Samuel obeyed, but again the LORD called, “Samuel!” So again Samuel got up and hurried to Eli, saying, “Here I am for you called me.” But again Eli said, “I did not call you, my son. Go back to bed.” Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, nor did he know the word of the LORD, but the LORD call

Praying for God to stay close

Background: Wandering in the wilderness between slavery and redemption, the Hebrew people praised God and complained, obeyed God and disobeyed, and showed great faith and lack of faith. When asked to make the Tabernacle or Tent of Meeting and Ark of the Covenant, which held the commandments God had given them through Moses, the people brought so many offerings that they had to be asked to stop giving! After the elaborate Tabernacle had been completed, the people would stand and watch while Moses entered the tent and the pillar of cloud descended. As the LORD spoke to Moses, his whole countenance would shine with such a glow that he had to cover his face with a veil to keep from scaring the people! Moses did not see the face of God, but he saw the glory of God when he prayed for the Holy Presence to stay close beside him and the people: Then Moses said to the LORD, “Now, therefore, I pray that if I have found favor in Your sight, You will show me Your way so I might know You and