We see here Hannah leave her son Samuel in the Temple with Eli, basically saying - God you gave me this child, he is no mine, he is yours. That's a hard thing to say as a parent. Our inclination is to hold onto to our children, to think, they are ours. But, in the end, our children, like every good gift, come from above, and they are actually God's.
So, we hold on them. We love them. We teach them. We discipline them. But, remember, in the end while they are ours, they are also God's. May we teach our children who they really belong to, and may we remember that fact as well.
New Testament Lesson
One of the things that's always helpful to remember that it's not just up to us. We are not God's last hope. He has other plans, other people. When Judas betrayed Jesus', the work didn't stop. There were others there that could do the work he had been doing. It was the work that important; it was the gospel that was important. They were primary.
Today, you have the ability to do something only you can do. You are special and you have a purpose. But, it's not just up to you. There are others, working for God, loving, serving. Be faithful, but know that in the end, its God that's doing the work, and He will work it all out.
One of the admonitions of Jesus, and all the scripture, is to be good citizens. To give to Caesar what is Caesar's. Paul tells us be good citizens, do what is right, pray for those that are in authority. We are supposed to work to make a world and nation a better place.
But, it's no just giving to Caesar what is Caesar's. Give to God what is God's. We are citizens of two "kingdoms." St. Augustine talked about how we citizens of Kingdom of God and Kingdom of Man. We want to be good citizens of the Kingdom of Man, work towards making it a better place. But, Augustine, and more importantly, Jesus, reminds us that this world is not our home; our home is a higher, heavenly place. And in this world in which we live we need to keep our true home always in our minds.