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Taking the Call 1 Samuel 3:1-10 (11-20)

Taking the Call

To know the will of God, we may need to start out in faith.

At a Glance

There have been some famous phone calls in history -- like the one from Nixon to the astronauts on the moon. Of course, the first one from Bell to Watson was special. Then there was the phone call from a night watchman named Frank Wills that alerted authorities to a problem in a suite of the Watergate complex. A long time ago, a little boy in the temple had a hard time taking a call, but when he did, he had the right response: "Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening."

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's gospel text, see "Wigle Room," January 15, 2012, at

"Mr. Watson, come here -- I want to see you."

Those are the famous first words ever transmitted by telephone, spoken by Alexander Graham Bell March 10, 1876, into an early telephone prototype and heard by his assistant, Thomas A. Watson, in their Boston laboratory. The proof that Watson, who was in another part of the lab, heard those words on a device at his end was that he came as...

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