Broken Bows

The pastor’s sermon this morning resonated deeply. He used Hannah’s powerful words from 1 Samuel 2 about “broken bows” to address the heartbreaking issue of gun violence, particularly against children. It prompted me to revisit Hannah’s song (verses 1-10) after a long time.

The phrase about “bows” is a powerful metaphor. It reminds us that even those who seem invincible are ultimately powerless against God’s will. Their strength is fleeting, and true power comes from a higher source.

But Hannah’s message isn’t one of despair. The verse about those “girded with strength” offers a beacon of hope. God uplifts the weak and downtrodden, offering solace and strength to those who feel powerless.

In these difficult times, Hannah’s words serve as a powerful reminder: true strength comes from God, and He offers hope and comfort to those who are hurting.

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.


  1. Am sadly resolved that we will see no change in our lifetime. NRA’s issues were encouraging but manufacturers stepped in to bolster them once again. Capitalism is a blessing and a curse. Hopefully: 1) the new curriculums will never emphasize communism; 2) Poor people never unite (could be a good thing if uplifting all was the goal); 3) Our divisiveness will create alternative governments to our federal system (CA, FL and TX decide they can go it alone); 4) Donald Trumps get elected and one simple mis-step ruins the world (with all its problems) as we know it.
    I like the good thoughts better.

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