For many years, Hannah was unable to have children, a source of deep pain for her. At one point, she went to the house of the Lord and promised God that is He would bless her with a son, she would dedicate her son to the Lord.

God answered her prayer and Hannah kept her word.

There are important similarities between Hannah’s prayers to the Lord and Mary’s words to her cousin Elizabeth when she was expecting a son that she too would dedicate to the Lord.