My attention deficit mind was immediately distracted from the first reading when I heard that Hannah brought Samuel, along with a bull, an ephah of flour and a skin of wine to the temple. How much is an ephah? The thought took me back to sixth grade math class with all the unsolvable math problems. If train A left the station one hour before train B and train B was traveling at fifty five miles per hour how long would it take you to get to Chicago? Would you be late for work? How late would you be? Or if Johnny had one ephah of flour and shared it equally with his two and one-half friends how many cupcakes could each of them make? How many bushels are in an ephah? Oh! Now I remember…one ephah equals one tenth of a homer. I’ll make a mental note…should I file it under E for ephah or H for homer? No, no…B for bushel.
As I heard the words “go in peace to love and serve the Lord” I returned to the reality of where I was and what I was supposed to be doing. I consoled myself with the knowledge that God loves me…even with my Attention Deficit Disorder.
Thank you, Lord Jesus.Amen.