Words from the Heart for Monday March 25nd, 2019
David said, “Mephibosheth!” “At your service,” he replied. “Don’t be afraid,” David said to him, “for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table.”
2 Samuel 9:6-7 (NIV)
This past January 29th Governor General Julie Payette presented the Governor General’s Academic All-Canadian Commendation for the 2017-2018 season to eight recipients during a ceremony at Rideau Hall. This Commendation recognizes student-athletes who have maintained an average of 80% or higher over the academic year while playing on one or more of their university’s varsity teams. U SPORTS, the national brand for university sports in Canada, selects one female and one male student-athlete from each of the four conferences. Every year, close to 20 000 student-athletes and 700 coaches from 56 universities vie for 21 national championships in 12 different sports.
David’s best friend was the son of his enemy. Jonathan was the son of Saul, and during the days when Saul was chasing David, David and Jonathan remained close. David was crushed when Jonathan was killed, and never forgot his friend. After David had settled into his role as king, he asks if any of Saul’s family remained alive. When told that Jonathan’s son Mephibosheth was still alive, David had him brought to see him. 2 Samuel 9:6-7 records the meeting: “David said, “Mephibosheth!” “At your service,” he replied. “Don’t be afraid,” David said to him, “for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table.” What a beautiful picture of care and compassion. Mephibosheth was lame in both feet – people with physical challenges in those days had a tough life. But David took care of his friend’s son. Who can you reach out to this day with compassion and care?
These have been words from the heart.