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Sam served God. He wore a little sacred robe. Once a year, his proud but bereft mother would make him a new one. His parents would bring it when they came to the holy city for the annual sacrifice. Eli would bless the boy's parents: "Your real sacrifice was in giving your only child to God. May God give you more children together." Then they would go home to their empty quiet house...
Over the years, Sam grew in physical and spiritual stature, and saw his parents once a year. Both God and the people loved him. He was a good boy.
(Retelling of 1 Samuel 2:18-20 and 26)