Grateful Exchange

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Today's reading: 2 Samuel 19:24-30

When David returns to once again take his place as king, one of the first people he encounters is Saul's grandson and Jonathan's son, Mephibosheth. (As you probably recall, we read back in 2 Samuel 9 how David took Mephibosheth in, restored his family's land, and basically treated him as one of his own sons after the death of Saul and Jonathan.)

As I took in the exchange between these two men, I was moved by the depth of Mephibosheth's love, and his concern, for David. Rather than being pleased with David's dethroning by Absalom (like Mephibosheth's servant Ziba led David to believe), Mephibosheth is devastated by this turn of events. His appearance, actions and words are telling.

How can you be a "Mephibosheth" this week? Who needs to hear that you love them and are grateful for the part they've played in your life? Tami

Godly Return

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Today's reading: 2 Samuel 19:9-43

As David returns to Jerusalem, he encounters: Shimei, who cursed and disparaged David as he fled from Absalom; Mephibosheth, someone David loves like a son but whom he believes has turned against him because of a false report; and Barzillai, who supported and helped David and his men as they fled. How David responds to each of these individuals is pretty amazing, and provides us with some good food for thought about how we react and respond to people as we go through, and come out of, difficult situations.

Do you find it difficult to extend forgiveness to others? Does the degree or severity of the offense impact your willingness to forgive? When someone offers you a helping hand, is it your practice to thank them after the fact? Tami

Through The Grief

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Today's reading: 2 Samuel 18:19-19:8

When the news of Absalom's death reaches David, he responds like a father. He is heartbroken and emotionally crushed, and openly weeps over the loss of his son. But David is still responsible for many people, even as a dethroned king. So although he is grieving, he has work to do.

This passage brought to mind when my dad passed away (quite a few years ago now). I had a very close relationship with my dad, and the fact that I could no longer talk or spend time with him felt awful. But even though I was sad and struggling, I knew my mom needed my help. She had just lost her husband of over 50 years and was devastated. Her life would never be the same and she was at a loss about how she would proceed. So I asked God to give me strength, and then helped my mom make immediate decisions as well as plans for her future. It was difficult, but a necessary step for both of us.

What did God impress on your heart from this passage? Tami

Half Way

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Today's reading: 2 Samuel 18:1-18

The familiar phrase "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me" came to mind as I thought about Joab's defiant actions with Absalom and previous killing of Abner (see 2 Samuel 3). While Joab was loyal to David, he wasn't fully submitted to him or committed to his leadership. That's a problem. He had strong opinions and let his emotions control his actions.

Do you ever let your opinions and emotions control your actions even when you know God is asking you to do something differently? What consequences have you experienced from being partially obedient? Tami

Personal God

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Today's reading: Psalm 23:1-6

Psalm 23 is a cherished and well-known Psalm that is often quoted. It's definitely a Psalm with a comforting message. I can't tell you how many times I've read it, but today the absolutely personal nature of verse 1 touched my heart.

"The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want."

I love that this verse is directed to each of us individually ("my" shepherd and "I" shall not want), which lets me know that God sees, and is watching over, every detail of my life. Thank you, God!!

What does verse 1 and the Lord being "your" shepherd mean to you? Do you believe that God is interested in you? Tami

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Hi, my name is Tami Weissert, the P4 facilitator and the "voice" behind the blogs. I'm passionate about helping people grow spiritually and actively encourage Bible engagement through conference speaking and writing. I also served as co-host of the Back to the Bible radio program for over 8 years. A little about me. I'm married to Jeff, and we love scuba diving, playing with our 3 dachshunds and going to Husker football games. I also love growing orchids, singing and Diet Pepsi. I hope you'll join in the conversation as we read the Bible and grow together.

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