I Samuel 1:4-20 On the day when Elkanah sacrificed, he would give portions to his wife Peninnah and to all her sons and daughters; but to Hannah he gave a double portion, because he loved her, though the Lord had closed her womb. Her rival used to provoke her severely, to irritate her, because the Lord had closed her womb. So it went on year by year; as often as she went
One of the joys in ministry is to encourage people to let their imagination loose as they explore scripture. When I was teaching at Trinity Episcopal School in Charlotte, we chaplains taught about the prophets from the Old Testament in fourth-grade. Now, you might expect that the prophets would be dry and distant for fourth graders, but we encouraged the kids to use their creativity.