“In her deep anguish Hannah prayed to the LORD, weeping bitterly. And she made a vow, saying, LORD Almighty, if you will only look on your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the LORD for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.” 1 Samuel 1:10-11, NIV.  

Desperation and Faith

Like Hannah’s moving prayer, my life began with desperation and faith.

My mother received news from the doctor that her body had a condition that would prevent her from conceiving another child. Her heart was shattered into innumerable pieces as her dream of having another baby crumbled into the abyss of hopelessness.

Something began to shift in my mom’s heart—she began to speak faith. The word of God is replete with abounding promises and miracles, so she decided to declare certain scriptures in prayer. She reminded God of His promises to women of faith, such as Sarah and Hannah.

Envisioning Faith

She would envision being pregnant by putting a pillow underneath her blouse while looking at herself in the mirror, pretending to be healed and with a child forming in her womb. This may sound silly to someone who has never walked the road of infertility—but to someone who is desperate for a child—this was an act of sheer faith.

For eight long years she invested a wealth of prayers and tears into the ether of the supernatural realm, not knowing the outcome, but pressing onto her promise. And, for eight long years she fought a war between doubt and faith and battled between hope and hopelessness.

Broken, my mom walked into church yet again, with a silent cry of her heart beating for a child. The evangelist, without knowing her situation, walked up to my mom during service. He placed his hand on her forehead and said, “There is new blood flowing through your veins, be healed in Jesus name.”

Fulfilled Faith

That night my mother was healed completely.

Nine months later, I was born.

My mother learned that God may send barrenness our way to cause us to trust completely in Him.

There might be an impossible situation that you are facing right now and you have been weeping bitterly before God. You’re heart may feel like it’s in a million pieces, but remember this:

Miracles operate in the realm of impossibility.

There is hope.

Prayer: Lord, I have an impossible need in my life right now and I have pleaded for your provision but I am still waiting on You to answer my prayers. My heart grieves as I wait on You and I do not understand what is taking so long. Help me to trust You, regardless of how You decide to answer my prayers. I know that You can do anything and I choose to believe in the impossible.

The birth of Jesus began a new period known as Anno Domini (AD). English dates were once written as “In the Year of Our Lord.” The years before and after Christ, BC and AD, were recognized by all, even the nonreligious. Then, along came skeptic intellectuals who challenged the existence of Jesus. They decided that history could not justify this man as worthy of splitting time. Now Before Christ (BC) is known as Before Common Era (BCE) and after Christ is Common Era (CE). Their only concession to this change in the Gregorian calendar was that the split continues to be the year Jesus is thought to have been born.

What did the local scoffers say when the shepherds received the good news of the birth of a Savior? What did onlookers at the crucifixion say when the sun hid from the calamity? What will the ones who have denied Jesus say at the judgement?

For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. (Romans 14:11, Holy Bible, New King James)

All will acknowledge Jesus as the Savior, the divider of time.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, Your birth divided time. In the few years You lived on this earth, You brought hope to those of your generation. With Your death, You brought hope to all generations. Amen.

Devotion by Violet Carr Moore

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5, Holy Bible, King James Version)

How strange it must have been to hear the prophet Isaiah foretell of the death of the great Redeemer less than thirty years after the promise of His birth. Could it be possible that the anticipated Savior might have a similar short time on earth?

“A time to be born, and a time to die” (Ecclesiastes 3:2), the words of another Old Testament wise man says we each have a span of time. From the moment the angel announced the birth of the Savior to the shepherds until the day He was crucified, about the same number of years between the promised birth and death prophecies, Jesus accomplished all that was needed to change the future.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, in the short years You lived on this earth, You brought hope to those of your generation. With Your death, You brought hope to all generations. Amen.

Devotion by Violet Carr Moore