Words from the Heart for Thursday March 28th, 2019

As all the people heard of the king’s deep grief for his son, the joy of that day’s victory was turned into deep sadness. They crept back into the town that day as though they were ashamed and had deserted in battle.

2 Samuel 19:2-3 (NLT)

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Sadness in Victory

The Hundred Days campaign, August 8 to November 11, 1918, contributed decisively to ending the First World War, and the Canadian Corps played a key role in the Allied victory. The Canadian War Museum has an exhibition focusing on this campaign, coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the end of the war. Victory 1918 – The Last 100 Days is a powerful and evocative exhibition that weaves artworks, artifacts, documents, film and photographs together with the powerful stories of Canadians who participated in this costly combat. The exhibition is arranged chronologically, focusing on key battles.

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I’ve never seen sad victors. I enjoy watching sports and one thing is consistent – the winners rejoice and the losers walk away with heads hanging. I don’t know examples of teams or armies who don’t act this way. With one exception. Absalom and his troops were about the meet his father David’s army for the throne of Israel. Before the battle, Absalom is killed and David’s troops return as victors. When David gets the news that his son, who had been trying to take over his father’s throne for years, had been killed, there was no joy in victory. 2 Samuel 19:2-3 says, “As all the people heard of the king’s deep grief for his son, the joy of that day’s victory was turned into deep sadness. They crept back into the town that day as though they were ashamed and had deserted in battle.” There was no joy that day. There are no winners in family battles. Only grief and loss. If you are going through a family battle, seek God’s wisdom and ask Him to end the battles and bring reconciliation. Only in this will there be joy.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley