…  Samuel answered, “Here I am.” And he ran off to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” But Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” So he went and lay down … . – 1 Samuel 3:1-11 and 19 (NIV)

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As pure storytelling, this is precious. Every parent can remember being awakened in the middle of the night by a child. So what’s coming next?

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Wait for him, I exhort you, in the Way of his Judgments, For the Lord is a God of Judgment, and blessed are all they that wait for him, as saith the Prophet Isaiah. (Elizabeth Bathurst, 1655?-1685)

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