Hidden Meanings in Children’s Songs

Most of us grew up with stories and songs written for children. Over the past decade, Hollywood’s been turning those same materials into more mature versions on the big screen. Snow White became The Huntsman, Sleeping Beauty became Maleficent, and The Snow Queen became the very popular Frozen. Along with this awakening came the realization… Continue reading Hidden Meanings in Children’s Songs

Elkanah, A Man In Love

( The following story was inspired by a study of 1 Samuel 1-8 … ) Elkanah was Hannah’s husband and he loved her greatly. He loved Hannah so much that he always gave her a double portion to offer to the Lord every year, despite her failure to produce any children for him. He loved… Continue reading Elkanah, A Man In Love

The Problem of a Romanticized Religion

On one occasion in Shiloh, after they had finished eating and drinking, Hannah got up. (Now at the time Eli the priest was sitting in his chair by the doorpost of the Lord’s temple.) She was very upset as she prayed to the Lord, and she was weeping uncontrollably. She made a vow saying, “O Lord of hosts, if you will look with compassion on the suffering of your female servant, remembering me and not forgetting your servant, and give a male child to your servant, then I will dedicate him to the Lord all the days of his life. His hair will never be cut.” (1 Samuel, Chapter 1, 9-11). Woodcut engraving after a drawing by Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld (German painter, 1794 - 1872), published in 1877.

( The following story was inspired by a study of 1 Samuel 1-28 … ) The Book of Samuel began with the story of a family of Levites and a woman call Hannah who could not give birth. During those times, people viewed barrenness negatively because the Bible clearly says that a blessed people will… Continue reading The Problem of a Romanticized Religion