God be the love to search and keep me
God be the prayer to move my voice
God be the strength to now uphold me
O Christ, surround me
O Christ, surround me

from “O Christ, Surround Me” by Richard Bruxvoort Colligan (2004)

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They got up early the next morning and worshipped the Lord. Then they went back home to Ramah. Elkanah had sex with his wife Hannah, and the Lord remembered her. So in the course of time, Hannah conceived and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, which means “I asked the Lord for him.”

1 Samuel 1:19-20

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Even while she was still waiting for the child for which she had hoped and prayed, Hannah still got up in the morning and worshiped God first. At long last, she finally gave birth to a son. The Lord remembered her.

God created each of us exactly as we are. God knows our deepest hopes and dreams for our lives, even when those prayers are hard to put into words. Even when the answers don’t come exactly when or how we want them to. Despite Hannah’s prayers for a child, she and her husband Elkanah also played their own part in making her dream a reality. What hope do you have for your own life? How might you prayerfully work alongside God to make that hope a reality?

Allison Wehrung

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God, help keep my heart turned toward you. You are faithful to humankind; may I be faithful to you in return. Amen.

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With a hopeful heart and Spirit-filled steps,

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

Allison Wehrung

Rev. Allison Wehrung lives in Oxford, MS, where she’s the campus minister at UKirk Ole Miss. Her favorite things include local coffee shops, making art, and the messy work of being a human who follows Jesus. You can follow her visual wonderings at

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