As a Lenten practice during this season, clergy and leaders in the church from youth to elders will be sharing their devotions.
Scripture: 1 Samuel 21-24
Key verses: (24:16-17) … Saul lifted up his voice and wept. 17 He said to David, “You are more righteous than I; for you have repaid me good, whereas I have repaid you evil.
Reflection: I sometimes struggle to read the Old Testament. I can get caught up in some of the unusual details and spectacular stories. It helps me to read what wise teachers have to say about reading scripture. Rabbi Lawrence Kushner encourages us with this insight, “You keep turning the gem, seeing something new each time.” And Rob Bell writes, “We dive into their story, discovering our story in the process.”
As I read these verses in Samuel I kept going back to the part when Saul wept. Seemingly in response to the mercy and grace David bestowed upon him when he declined to take Saul’s life. Saul was overwhelmed in that moment. He wept.
When have we received mercy and grace when we least deserved it? When have we offered mercy and grace to another who was undeserving? For me, this is God at work in our story.
Prayer: Lord, help us to be open to receiving your mercy and grace. Help us to offer this same mercy and grace to others in your name. Amen.
Author: Mary Howard Shaw, Elder class of 2021
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].