Samuel heard from the Lord as a child in the care of Eli who was a failed priest, by all accounts, but was also in a position of power and privilege with the added gravitas of longevity and familiarity with the people he served. The word Samuel received held devastating news for Eli. Yet Eli listened and accepted the word from the Lord, even though it was from an untested, untried, novice who had not heard from God before.
To whom do we listen? We have a tendency to seek out voices in power, especially those whom we've heard before. But what are we hearing from the small, unlikely, perhaps untrained margins? Is there a word for us from these unexpected voices?