1 Samuel 1:28
Therefore also I have lent him to the LORD; as long as he lives he shall be lent to the LORD. And he worshipped the LORD there.
Who can hear the name of St. — that shining light, twice on the point of being extinguished, but snatched by turns from sin and heresy, to glorify the true and living God down to the latest posterity. Who can think of his name without joining with him in recognising, in his two-fold deliverance — next to the hand of God — the influence of the tender, humble, patient Monica? , , Emmilia, , and many of those who have walked in their ways, had each their Monica; and were each proofs of the power of a mother's prayers. In later times we read of Bishop Hall, Philip Henry, and his son Matthew, Hooker, Payson, Doddridge, the Wesleys, and of many other bright stars still shining in the churches, who have had pious mothers, and who have confessed to the power of a mother's influence. John Newton learned to pray at his mother's knee; and such was the influence of her life upon his mind (and, be it remembered, that she was called to her heavenly home before her son John was eight years of age), that in after years, when at sea, and in the midst of many dangers, his agonising prayer often was, "MY MOTHER'S GOD, Thou God of Mercy, have mercy on me!" The prayer was heard, and from that time the name of "John Newton" has been a name honoured in the churches, and he will remain yet for ages as "a burning and a shining light." It was through Newton that Thomas Scott, the commentator, was led to Christ, and Wilberforce, the champion of the freedom of the slave, and the author of that "Practical View of Christianity," which brought Leigh Richmond into the ministry of Christ. And who shall now go further in attempting to estimate the probable influence of one pious mother?
(Footsteps of Truth.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Therefore also I have lent him to the LORD; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the LORD. And he worshipped the LORD there.