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    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      I admire him for continue doing what he likes at his age  
      Although what he does is too dangerous in my opinion
       
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
       
      I found a love for me
      Oh darling, just dive right in and follow my lead
      Well, I found a girl, beautiful and sweet
      Oh, I never knew you were the someone waiting for me
      'Cause we were just kids when we fell in love
      Not knowing what it was
      I will not give you up this time
      But darling, just kiss me slow, your heart is all I own
      And in your eyes, you're holding mine

      [Chorus]
      Baby, I'm dancing in the dark with you between my arms
      Barefoot on the grass, listening to our favourite song
      When you said you looked a mess, I whispered underneath my breath
      But you heard it, darling, you look perfect tonight

      [Verse 2]
      Well I found a woman, stronger than anyone I know
      She shares my dreams, I hope that someday I'll share her home
      I found a love, to carry more than just my secrets
      To carry love, to carry children of our own
      We are still kids, but we're so in love
      Fighting against all odds
      I know we'll be alright this time
      Darling, just hold my hand
      Be my girl, I'll be your man
      I see my future in your eyes

      [Chorus 2]
      Baby, I'm dancing in the dark, with you between my arms
      Barefoot on the grass, listening to our favorite song
      When I saw you in that dress, looking so beautiful
      I don't deserve this, darling, you look perfect tonight

      [Instrumental]

      [Chorus 3]
      Baby, I'm dancing in the dark, with you between my arms
      Barefoot on the grass, listening to our favorite song
      I have faith in what I see
      Now I know I have met an angel in person
      And she looks perfect
      I don't deserve this
      You look perfect tonight
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      The world in 2017 saw some of the highest average surface temperatures ever recorded, surprising scientists who had expected sharper retreat from recent record years.
      Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/01/18/climate/100000005680871.app.html?emc=edit_na_20180118&nl=breaking-news&nlid=54907543&ref=headline&mtrref=undefined
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
       
       
       
      Mama always told me don't you run
      "Don't you run with scissors, son
      You're gonna hurt someone"
      Mama told me look before you leap
      Always think before you speak, and watch the friends you keep

      Stay along the beaten path, never listened when she said

      Sharp edges have consequences, I
      Guess that I had to find out for myself
      Sharp edges have consequences, now
      Every scar is a story I can tell

      Should've played it safer from the start
      Loved you like a house of cards
      Let it fall apart
      But all the things I couldn't understand
      Never could've planned
      They made me who I am
      Put your nose in paperbacks
      Instead of smoking cigarettes
      These are years you're never getting back

      Stay along the beaten path, never listened when she said

      Sharp edges have consequences, I
      Guess that I had to find out for myself
      Sharp edges have consequences, now
      Every scar is a story I can tell

      We all fall down
      We live somehow
      We learn what doesn't kill us makes us stronger
      We all fall down
      We live somehow
      We learn what doesn't kill us makes us stronger

      Stay along the beaten path, never listened when she said

      Sharp edges have consequences, I
      Guess that I had to find out for myself
      Sharp edges have consequences, now
      Every scar is a story I can tell

      We all fall down
      We live somehow
      We learn what doesn't kill us makes us stronger
      We all fall down
      We live somehow
      We learn what doesn't kill us makes us stronger
      Writer(s): Joseph Hahn, Brad Delson, Mike Shinoda, Robert G. Bourdon, Chester Charles Bennington, Ilsey Anna Juber, David Farrell 
    • Guest Nicole
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      IÂ’m dancing with my demons
      IÂ’m hanging off the edge
      Storm clouds gather beneath me
      Waves break above my head
      At first hallucination
      I wanna fall wide awake now
      You tell me itÂ’s alright
      Tell me IÂ’m forgiven
      Tonight
      But nobody can save me now
      IÂ’m holding up a light
      Chasing up the darkness inside
      'Cause nobody can save me
      Stare into this illusion
      For answers yet to come
      I chose a false solution
      But nobody proved me wrong
      At first hallucination
      I wanna fall wide awake
      Watch the ground giving way now 
      You tell me itÂ’s alright
      Tell me IÂ’m forgiven
      Tonight
      But nobody can save me now
      IÂ’m holding up a light
      IÂ’m chasing up the darkness inside
      'Cause nobody can save me
      Been searching somewhere out there
      For whatÂ’s been missing right here
      IÂ’ve been searching somewhere out there
      For whatÂ’s been missing right here
      I wanna fall wide awake now
      So tell me itÂ’s alright
      Tell me IÂ’m forgiven
      Tonight
      If only I can save me now
      IÂ’m holding up a light
      Chasing up the darkness inside
      And I donÂ’t wanna let you down
      But only I can save me 
      Been searching somewhere out there
      For whatÂ’s been missing right here
      Written by Jonathan Ian Green, Chester Bennington, Robert G. Bourdon, Bradford Philip Delson, David Farrell, Joseph Hahn, Mike Shinoda • 
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    • By The Librarian
      What is a Branch Office of Jehovah's Witnesses?

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    • By The Librarian
      The previously posted WT letter of December 15, 2017 "Re: 2017 Service Year Report" was for the US congregations.
      The second (and third) paragraphs of the letter are being re-written to feature highlights in the local field to the congregations that it is addressed to...
      Hence below is what I understand to be the version of the above letter that is being sent and read out (in the first week of January 2018) to congregations in the Philippines.
      I believe that the Philippines is traditionally one of the WT's Star Performers in terms of growth 
      I have bolded the key text in the letter:

      For comparision with previous years:
      Year Population Peak.Pubs Ratio Av.Pubs %Increase Baptized 2015 100,621,100 201,761 499 199,551 5 10,146 2016 100,981,437 209,131 483 202,431 1 8,900 2017   210,914     3 10,781 . 
      Year Av.AuxPios Av.Pios Congs Hours Studies Memorial.Att 2015 12,440 38,813 3,246 49,798,859 268,598 576,542 2016 9,801 41,182 3,315 50,130,621 269,655 584,685 2017   45,264   52,443,544   575,813 . 
      A 3% increase would indicate that Average Publisher is expected to be between 207,492 and 209,515 (ie between 2.5% to 3.5% as the yearbooks only used whole numbers for the %'s)
      The Regular Pioneer figure is a Peak - though I would expect the Average Regular Pioneers during the year to be fairly even, with no real spiked peaks.
       
    • By The Librarian
      The 
      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. . The second (and third) paragraphs of the letter are being re-written to feature highlights in the local field to the congregations that it is addressed to...
      PHILIPPINES - "December 15, 2017 letter Re: 2017 Service Year Report" - with local numbers and highlights
      Below is the local section of the SPANISH letter:
    • By Claudia Sanchez
      Who are the most beautiful women in the world right now? Who do you think deserves the title of most beautiful woman of 2017? Here, below is a list of world’s most beautiful women.
      Beauty is the most debated topic in the world, and there is no ever clear winner. One who considered most beautiful at one time may lose her position at another time by someone else. Women normally have an attraction towards their physical characters like hotness and glamour. But, there are a few other factors like level of celebrity, confidence, intelligence, popularity, and skills too. It’s universal fact; beauty lies in the eyes of beholder. But when it comes to rank the beauty of a person, it is necessary to calculate the internal beauty as well as the external beauty. The external or physical beauty will age with time, all other factors remain ageless and keep person beautiful forever.
      Here, we have made a ranking of most beautiful women of 2017. The women listed here are confident, intelligent, desirable, dynamic and are very dedicated to their job. Vote for your favorite lady, and be sure to add anyone who’s missing from the list.

      A native of Florida, Abigail Leigh Spencer named People Magazine’s most beautiful women of 2017. She is an American actress known for her roles in several television series. Spencer began her career on the ABC daytime television soap opera All My Children playing Rebecca Tyree from 1999 to 2001. She is best known for her recurring roles on Mad Men and Suits. Also known for starring in the series Rectify and Timeless, for playing the leading role of history professor Lucy Preston.
    • By Queen Esther
      A  REMINDER  FOR  THE  NEXT  *SUPER - MOON*  TO  THIS  WEEKEND,  DEC. 3. 2017 !
      2017's  FIRST  and  ONLY  supermoon  rises  on  Dec. 3. DEC.
      The supermoon will rise to begin the month of December. It is the only supermoon to greet the waning year of 2017.  -  Don't  miss  it.
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    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      Transcript - Sample Presentations - December 2017.pdf
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    • By Srecko Sostar
      From time to time, states are doing their census on population (population list). Listers come to people's homes and ask a variety of questions, conduct a survey. One of many questions is, to which religion you belong? The survey is "anonymous", that is, it is used only for the purpose of statistics. Also the answer is voluntary. Out of some of the 244 countries listed here, only in 37 countries there is evidence of Jehovah's Witnesses. Are they, JW, shy or afraid to express his religious affiliation in public statistics? In front of a man asking questions and writing it on paper?
      How do you explain such a low representation of public information about JW members population, compared to WT Yearbook database numbers of members - book which will no longer be published :)) In few past decades i traveled to many European countries: Germany, Slovakia, Czech, Macedonia, Bosnia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Austria, Croatia, Hungary, Monaco, Montenegro, Serbia, Italy and Netherlands. In this CIA list only in Italy and Netherlands I have found report on JW regarding to countries i visited. 
      CIA Library, The World Factbook , statistic about Country and Religions (%)
      web link;

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    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      I've got an aching head
      Echoes and buzzing noises
      I know the words we said
      But wish I could've turned our voices down
      This is not black and white
      Only organized confusion
      I'm just trying to get it right
      And in spite of all I should've done

      I was not mad at you
      I was not trying to tear you down
      The words that I could've used
      I was too scared to say out loud
      If I cannot break your fall
      I'll pick you up right off the ground
      If you felt invisible, I won't let you feel that now

      Invisible
      Invisible
      Invisible
      Invisible

      You didn't get your way
      And it's an empty feeling
      You've got a lot to say
      And you just want to know you're being heard
      But this is not black and white
      There are no clear solutions
      And I'm just trying to get it right
      And in spite of all I should've done

      I was not mad at you
      I was not trying to tear you down
      The words that I could've used
      I was too scared to say out loud
      If I cannot break your fall
      I'll pick you up right off the ground
      If you felt invisible, I won't let you feel that now

      Invisible
      Invisible
      Invisible
      Invisible

      This is not black and white
      There are no clear solutions
      I'm just trying to get it right
      And in spite of all I should've done

      I was not mad at you
      I was not trying to tear you down
      The words that I could've used
      I was too scared to say out loud
      If I cannot break your fall
      I'll pick you up right off the ground
      If you felt invisible, I won't let you feel that now

      Invisible
      Invisible
      Invisible
      Invisible
      Invisible
      Invisible
      Invisible
      Invisible
    • Guest Nicole
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    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      I got a long way to go
      And a long memory
      I been searching for an answer
      Always just out of reach
      Blood on the floor
      Sirens repeat
      I been searching for the courage
      To face my enemies
      When they turn down the lights

      [Chorus]
      I hear my battle symphony
      All the world in front of me
      If my armor breaks
      I’ll fuse it back together
      Battle symphony
      Please just don’t give up on me
      And my eyes are wide awake

      [Bridge]
      For my battle symphony
      For my battle symphony

      [Verse 2]
      They say that I don’t belong
      Say that I should retreat
      That I’m marching to the rhythm
      Of a lonesome defeat
      But the sound of your voice
      Puts the pain in reverse
      No surrender, no illusions
      And for better or worse
      When they turn down the lights

      [Chorus]
      I hear my battle symphony
      All the world in front of me
      If my armor breaks
      I’ll fuse it back together
      Battle symphony
      Please just don’t give up on me
      And my eyes are wide awake

      [Bridge]
      If I fall, get knocked down
      Pick myself up off the ground
      If I fall, get knocked down
      Pick myself up off the ground
      When they turn down the lights

      [Chorus]
      I hear my battle symphony
      All the world in front of me
      If my armor breaks
      I’ll fuse it back together
      Battle symphony
      Please just don’t give up on me
      And my eyes are wide awake
      For my battle symphony
      For my battle symphony
    • Guest Kurt
      By Guest Kurt
      September 9 2017
      ? California is on fire.
      ? Oregon is on fire.
      ? Washington is on fire.
      ? British Columbia is on fire.
      ? Alberta is on fire
      ? Montana is on fire.
      ? Nova Scotia is on fire.
      ? Greece is on fire.
      ? Brazil is on fire.
      ? Portugal is on fire.
      ? Algeria is on fire.
      ? Tunisia is on fire.
      ? Greenland is on fire.
      ? The Sakha Republic of Russia is on fire.
      ? Siberia is on fire.
      ??Texas is under water
      ?? India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, experience record monsoons and massive death toll.
      ?? Sierra Leone and Niger experienced massive floods, mudslides, and deaths in the thousands.
      ?Italy, France, Spain, Switzerland, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Bosnia, Croatia, and Serbia are crushed in the death grip of a triple digit heat wave, dubbed Lucifer.
      ?Southern California continues to swelter under triple digit heat that shows no sign of letting up.
      ?In usually chilly August, the city of San Francisco shatters all-time record at 106 degrees, while it reaches 115 degrees south of the city. Northern California continues to bake in the triple digits.
      ((?)) Yellowstone volcano is hit with earthquake swarm of over 2,300 tremors since June, recording a 4.4 quake on June 15, 2017 and 3.3 quake on August 21, 2017.
      ((?)) 5.3 earthquake rumbles through Idaho
      ((?)) Japan earthquake 6.1 possible tsunami.
      ((?)) Mexico earthquake 8.2 imminent tsunami. Beach lines are receded at least 50+ meters
      ?Hurricanes Harvey, Irma (biggest ever recorded), Jose and Katia are barreling around the Atlantic with 8 more potentials forming.
      And last but not least an X10 C.M.E solar flare last night . The highest recorded solar flare ever!
      All these disasters can batter us but never break us, if we stay loyal and faithful to Jehovah. Are we prepared for a natural disaster?
      Read this article for some comfortingHello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. :<<<click
      Thanks to "Grieving Tho Comforted With Jesus"-page.
       
       
    • By The Librarian
      2017 - Awake! Bound Volume.pdf
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    • Guest Nicole
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      By Guest Nicole
      [Verse 1]
      I wasn’t just broken, I was shattered
      I trusted you so much, you're all that mattered
      You no longer love me and I sang like a sad bird
      I couldn't move on and I think you were flattered

      [Chorus]
      Oh! Life’s about joy
      Life's about pain
      It's all about forgiving and the will to walk away
      I'm ready to be loved
      And love the way I should
      Life's about
      Life's about to get good

      [Post-Chorus]
      Oh, life's about to get good
      Oh, life's about to get good
      Oh, life's about to get good

      [Verse 2]
      The longer my tears fell, the wider the river
      It killed me that you'd give your life to be with her
      I had to believe that things would get better
      It was time to forget you, forever

      [Chorus]
      Oh! Life’s about joy
      Life's about pain
      It's all about forgiving and the will to walk away
      I'm ready to be loved
      And love the way I should
      Life's about
      Life's about to get good

      [Post-Chorus]
      Oh, life's about to get good
      Oh, life's about to get good
      Oh, life's about to get good
      Oh, life's about to get good
      Oh, life's about to get good
      Oh, life's about to get good

      [Bridge]
      It took me so long to be strong
      But I'm alive, and I hold on
      To what I can feel, it hurts to heal
      Oh, when love lies
      About to get good
      About to get good
      About to get...Ahhh

      [Chorus]
      Oh! Life’s about joy
      Life's about pain
      It's all about forgiving and the will to walk away
      I'm ready to be loved
      And love the way I should
      Life's about
      Life's about to get good

      [Post-Chorus]
      Oh, life's about to get good
      Oh, life's about to get good
      Oh, life's about to get good
      Oh, life's about to get good
      Oh, life's about to get good
      Oh, life's about to get good

      [Outro]
      Oh, life's about joy
      Life's about pain
      Life's about, life's about to get good

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    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      [Verse 1]
      Should've stayed, were there signs, I ignored?
      Can I help you, not to hurt, anymore?
      We saw brilliance, when the world, was asleep
      There are things that we can have, but can't keep
      [Chorus]
      If they say
      Who cares if one more light goes out?
      In the sky of a million stars
      It flickers, flickers
      Who cares when someone's time runs out?
      If a moment is all we are
      Or quicker, quicker
      Who cares if one more light goes out?
      Well I do
      [Verse 2 ]
      The reminders, pull the floor from your feet
      In the kitchen, one more chair than you need, oh
      And you're angry, and you should be, it's not fair
      Just 'cause you can't see it, doesn't mean it, isn't there
      [Chorus]
      If they say
      Who cares if one more light goes out?
      In the sky of a million stars
      It flickers, flickers
      Who cares when someone's time runs out?
      If a moment is all we are
      Or quicker, quicker
      Who cares if one more light goes out?
      Well I do
      [Instrumental + Bridge]
      (I do)
      [Chorus/Outro]
      Who cares if one more light goes out?
      In the sky of a million stars
      It flickers, flickers
      Who cares when someone's time runs out?
      If a moment is all we are
      Or quicker, quicker
      Who cares if one more light goes out?
      Well I do Well I do
       
        
       
    • By Bible Speaks
      Regional Assembly 2017 in Ukraine.20.000 attendees, of which 18000 attended the Ukrainian program, 1200 in Russian, 600 in sign language and 200 in English. 203 new witnesses were named.





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    • folens  »  Eric Ouellet

      Bonjour Eric, merci pour cet exposé sur Hanna, Bonne journée. Michel
      ENTRETIEN AVEC DIEU.pptx
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    • Eric Ouellet

      LA FOI D'HANNA ENVERS DIEU APPORTE SA RÉCOMPENSE
      UNE femme de foi adresse une prière à Jéhovah. Convaincue que c’est Dieu qui l’a relevée de la poussière, transformant son abattement en exultation, elle le loue à haute voix.
      Cette femme, c’est Hanna. Qu’est-ce qui explique son spectaculaire changement d’état d’âme ? Pourquoi est-elle à présent si joyeuse ? En quoi ce qu’elle a vécu peut-il nous être utile ? Intéressons-nous à son histoire.
      Une famille sous pression
      Hanna est l’une des deux femmes d’Elqana, un Lévite de la région d’Éphraïm (1 Samuel 1:1, 2a ; 1 Chroniques 6:33, 34). Bien que n’entrant pas dans le dessein originel de Dieu pour l’humanité, la polygamie est autorisée et réglementée sous la Loi mosaïque. Elle est néanmoins une source fréquente de discorde. La vie de cette famille, qui pourtant adore Jéhovah, en témoigne.
      Hanna est stérile, tandis que Peninna, l’autre femme d’Elqana, a plusieurs enfants. Peninna se comporte en rivale. — 1 Samuel 1:2b.
      Pour une Israélite, la stérilité est un déshonneur, et même un signe de la défaveur divine. Mais, dans le cas de Hanna, rien n’indique que son incapacité de procréer soit liée à la désapprobation de Dieu. Peninna ne la console pas pour autant ; elle se prévaut au contraire de son statut de mère pour l’humilier.
      Au sanctuaire de Jéhovah
      Malgré ces tensions, la famille entreprend le voyage annuel en direction du sanctuaire de Jéhovah, à Shilo, pour y offrir des sacrifices. L’aller-retour de quelque 60 kilomètres se fait vraisemblablement à pied. Cet événement doit être particulièrement pénible pour Hanna. En effet, Peninna et ses enfants reçoivent plusieurs portions du sacrifice de communion, alors que Hanna, elle, n’en reçoit qu’une seule. Peninna trouve là une opportunité supplémentaire de la blesser et de la mettre dans l’embarras ; il semble que Jéhovah ait “ fermé sa matrice ”, et elle ne manque pas de le lui rappeler. Tous les ans, c’est le même calvaire. Tous les ans, Hanna pleure et cesse de manger. Ces voyages qui normalement devraient la mettre en joie la plongent dans une profonde détresse. Hanna se rend néanmoins chaque année au sanctuaire de Jéhovah. — 1 Samuel 1:3-7.
      Voyez-vous en quoi Hanna est un bel exemple ? Comment réagissez-vous lorsque vous êtes déprimé ? Vous isolez-vous et évitez-vous les contacts avec vos compagnons chrétiens ? Ce n’est pas ce qu’a fait Hanna. Les rassemblements avec les adorateurs de Jéhovah étaient pour elle une habitude de vie. Même face à des circonstances éprouvantes, il devrait en être de même pour nous. — Psaume 26:12 ; 122:1 ; Proverbes 18:1 ; Hébreux 10:24, 25.
      Elqana tente de réconforter Hanna et il l’amène à exprimer ses sentiments profonds. “ Hanna, pourquoi pleures-tu et pourquoi ne manges-tu pas ? Pourquoi ton cœur a-t-il mal ? lui demande-t-il. Est-ce que je ne vaux pas mieux pour toi que dix fils ? ” (1 Samuel 1:8). Peut-être n’a-t-il pas conscience de la malveillance de Peninna. Et peut-être Hanna préfère-t-elle se taire plutôt que de se plaindre. Quoi qu’il en soit, cette femme spirituelle se tourne vers Jéhovah dans la prière pour retrouver la paix intérieure.
      Le vœu de Hanna
      Les sacrifices de communion étaient consommés dans le sanctuaire. Après avoir quitté la salle à manger, Hanna prie Dieu (1 Samuel 1:9, 10). “ Ô Jéhovah des armées, implore-t-elle, si tu ne manques pas de regarder l’affliction de ton esclave et si vraiment tu te souviens de moi, si tu n’oublies pas ton esclave et si vraiment tu donnes à ton esclave un descendant mâle, oui je le donnerai à Jéhovah pour tous les jours de sa vie, et le rasoir ne viendra pas sur sa tête. ” — 1 Samuel 1:11.
      La prière de Hanna est précise. Elle demande un fils, et elle fait le vœu que cet enfant sera toute sa vie un naziréen de Dieu (Nombres 6:1-5). Ce vœu nécessite l’approbation de son mari, et certaines actions ultérieures d’Elqana montrent qu’il approuve l’engagement pris par sa chère femme. — Nombres 30:6-8.
      À cause de la manière dont Hanna prie, le grand prêtre Éli la croit ivre. Il voit effectivement ses lèvres frémir, mais il ne l’entend pas parler. C’est qu’en fait Hanna prie dans son cœur, avec ferveur (1 Samuel 1:12-14). Imaginez ce qu’elle ressent lorsque le grand prêtre l’accuse d’être ivre ! Pourtant, elle lui répond respectueusement. Comprenant alors que Hanna était en train de prier “ dans l’abondance de [son] inquiétude et de [son] dépit ”, il lui dit : “ Que le Dieu d’Israël accorde ta requête. ” (1 Samuel 1:15-17). Sur ces paroles, Hanna s’en va ; elle mange et “ son visage ne par[aît] plus soucieux ”. — 1 Samuel 1:18.
      Que nous enseigne tout cela ? Lorsque nous prions Jéhovah à propos de nos inquiétudes, nous pouvons lui exprimer ce que nous ressentons et lui adresser des requêtes sincères. Si nous avons fait tout notre possible pour résoudre le problème, alors nous devrions laisser les choses entre ses mains. C’est ce qu’il y a de mieux à faire. — Proverbes 3:5, 6.
      Après une prière fervente, il est fréquent que des serviteurs de Jéhovah ressentent une sérénité comparable à celle que Hanna a éprouvée. Voici ce qu’a écrit l’apôtre Paul au sujet de la prière : “ Ne vous inquiétez de rien, mais en tout, par la prière et la supplication avec action de grâces, faites connaître vos requêtes à Dieu ; et la paix de Dieu, qui surpasse toute pensée, gardera vos cœurs et vos facultés mentales par le moyen de Christ Jésus. ” (Philippiens 4:6, 7). Après nous être déchargés de notre fardeau sur Jéhovah, nous devons le laisser s’en occuper. Puis, comme dans le cas de Hanna, il n’y a plus lieu de s’inquiéter. — Psaume 55:22.
      Un fils “ prêté ” à Jéhovah
      Dieu se tourne alors vers Hanna. Peu après, elle porte un enfant. Elle met au monde un garçon (1 Samuel 1:19, 20). C’est l’une des rares fois où la Bible fait état de la responsabilité de Dieu dans la naissance de l’un de ses serviteurs. L’enfant d’Elqana et de Hanna, Samuel, deviendra effectivement le prophète de Jéhovah, un prophète qui jouera un rôle important dans la mise en place de la monarchie d’Israël.
      Il est certain que Hanna parle de Jéhovah à Samuel dès sa petite enfance. Mais oublie-t-elle le vœu qu’elle a fait ? Absolument pas ! “ Dès que le garçon sera sevré, je devrai l’amener ; il devra paraître devant Jéhovah et habiter là pour des temps indéfinis ”, déclare-t-elle. Et en effet, une fois l’enfant sevré — peut-être à l’âge de trois ans ou un peu plus —, elle l’amène au sanctuaire, comme elle l’avait promis. — 1 Samuel 1:21-24 ; 2 Chroniques 31:16.
      Après avoir offert un sacrifice à Jéhovah, Hanna et son mari présentent Samuel à Éli. Hanna tient certainement la main de son petit garçon lorsqu’elle dit à Éli : “ Pardon, mon seigneur ! Par la vie de ton âme, mon seigneur, je suis la femme qui se tenait près de toi, en ce lieu, pour prier Jéhovah. C’est à propos de ce garçon que je priais, pour que Jéhovah m’accorde ma requête, ce que je lui demandais. Et moi, à mon tour, je l’ai prêté à Jéhovah. Oui, tous les jours qu’il sera, c’est quelqu’un de demandé pour Jéhovah. ” Ainsi commence, pour Samuel, une vie au service de Dieu. — 1 Samuel 1:25-28 ; 2:11.
      Le temps passe ; bien sûr Hanna n’oublie pas son fils. Les Écritures relatent : “ Sa mère avait coutume de lui faire un petit manteau sans manches, et elle le lui montait, d’année en année, quand elle montait avec son mari pour sacrifier le sacrifice annuel. ” (1 Samuel 2:19). Hanna prie sans aucun doute pour Samuel. Tous les ans, lorsqu’elle lui rend visite, elle l’encourage à coup sûr à demeurer fidèle dans son service pour Dieu.
      Pendant l’une de ces visites, Éli bénit les parents du garçon. Il déclare à Elqana : “ Que Jéhovah t’assigne une descendance de cette femme, à la place du prêt qui a été prêté à Jéhovah. ” C’est ainsi que le couple est récompensé par la naissance de trois autres fils et de deux filles. — 1 Samuel 2:20, 21.
      Quel formidable exemple pour les parents chrétiens ! Beaucoup de mères et de pères se montrent, eux aussi, disposés à prêter, figurément parlant, leurs enfants à Jéhovah ; en effet, ils les encouragent à entreprendre une forme de service à plein temps, même si cela implique que leur fils, ou leur fille, vive loin d’eux. De tels parents aimants méritent des louanges pour les sacrifices qu’ils font. Jéhovah les récompensera.
      Une prière qui déborde de joie
      Comme Hanna est heureuse, elle que la stérilité affectait tant autrefois ! Les Écritures ne contiennent que peu de prières faites par des femmes. Mais, en ce qui concerne Hanna, elles en rapportent deux. La première expose ses sentiments alors qu’elle est humiliée et affligée. La seconde exprime son exultation et son action de grâces ; elle commence par ces mots : “ Oui, mon cœur exulte en Jéhovah. ” Hanna se réjouit ensuite que ‘ même la stérile ait mis au monde ’. Et elle loue Jéhovah, celui “ qui élève [...], qui relève le petit de la poussière ”. Vraiment, il est celui qui “ de la fosse aux cendres [...] fait remonter le pauvre ”. — 1 Samuel 2:1-10.
      Cet épisode de la vie de Hanna, dont le récit a été inspiré par Dieu, montre que les imperfections, voire la malveillance, des autres peuvent nous blesser. Toutefois, nous ne devons pas permettre à ce genre d’épreuves de nous priver de notre joie de servir Dieu. Jéhovah est, par excellence, Celui qui entend la prière, qui répond aux appels à l’aide de ses fidèles et qui les délivre de l’affliction. Il leur accorde une paix profonde et de nombreuses autres bénédictions. — Psaume 22:23-26 ; 34:6-8 ; 65:2.

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    • Eric Ouellet

      1 Samuel 2 : 1-10
      Hannah pria Dieu en ces mots:
      Mon cœur se réjouit au sujet de Jéhovah
      ma force grandit grâce à Jéhovah.
      Ma bouche s’ouvre toute grande contre mes ennemis,
      car je me réjouis de tes actes sauveurs.
      Il n’y a personne qui soit saint comme Jéhovah,
      il n’y a personne qui soit comme toi,
      il n’y a pas de rocher comme notre Dieu.
      Arrêtez de parler avec orgueil ;
      que rien d’arrogant ne sorte de votre bouche,
      car Jéhovah est un Dieu qui sait tout
      et il juge les actions avec justice.
      Les arcs des hommes forts sont brisés,
      mais les hommes faibles reçoivent de la force
      Ceux qui mangeaient bien doivent trouver du travail pour avoir du pain,
      mais les affamés ne souffrent plus de la faim.
      La femme stérile a donné naissance à sept fils,
      mais celle qui avait beaucoup de fils est devenue stérile.
      Jéhovah tue et il garde en vie,
      il fait descendre dans la Tombe et il en fait remonter.
      Jéhovah fait devenir pauvre et il fait devenir riche,
      il abaisse et il élève.
      Il relève le petit de la poussière
      et fait remonter le pauvre du tas de cendres
      pour les faire asseoir avec les princes
      et leur offrir une place d’honneur.
      À Jéhovah appartiennent les fondations de la terre ;
      sur elles, il pose le monde
      Il veille sur les pas de ses fidèles,
      mais les méchants seront tués dans l’obscurité,
      car ce n’est pas par la force que l’homme triomphe. 
      Jéhovah anéantira ceux qui combattent contre lui ;
      pour exprimer sa colère, il fera gronder le tonnerre dans le ciel.
      Jéhovah jugera jusqu’aux extrémités de la terre,
      il donnera du pouvoir à son roi et il fera grandir la force de son oint.
       
       
       


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