“Go in peace.” These are some of the words the priest Eli spoke to Hannah after learning that what he had thought were the actions of a drunk woman, were in fact that of a woman pouring out the anguish of her soul to the only One who could give her what she desperately desired. A son. “Go in peace,” he told her, “and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of Him” (1 Samuel 1:17, NIV). The Bible records that after responding, “May your servant find favor in your eyes,” Hannah “went her way and ate something, and her face was no longer downcast” (1 Samuel 1:18, NIV).
Hannah did, “Go in peace,” and I believe that she was able to do so because she believed that God was going to answer her prayer. And it is our faith in our Father, our knowledge of His character, our confidence that He will keep His promises which enable us to, “Go in peace.” We can, “Go in peace,” that is, in a state of tranquility or quiet; in freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions. We can, “Go in peace,” into new arenas – relationships, careers, business ventures, creative endeavors, life style changes – into all stages of life’s journey and through all seasons because of He who is Yahweh-Shalom. “Go in peace.”
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