Read 1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26.

The writer tells us that Samuel grew up in the household of God, educated and raised by the priest, Eli, but loved and not forgotten by his parents. Service to God was an everyday part of Samuel’s life from a young age and he managed to do it in ways that was both pleasing to God and to the people around him.

Can you remember the first time you became aware of God’s presence in your life? Was it during a time of distress or during a time of joy? Did God minister to you from within or through another person?

Today, make a list either on paper or in your heart of the times you are certain God had a hand in what was happening. Then offer a prayer of thanksgiving for God’s continued presence in your life and in the world.