Singing with Sadness

Tuesdays: The Hebrew “Writings”

2 Samuel 1—2

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The Second Book of Samuel is dedicated to the reign of King David. The threads of tragedy woven in 1 Samuel continue in this book. Yet even stronger and deeper do the power of God and his redeeming love weave a fabric of sacred history, which ultimately triumphs.

The book begins with David’s song of mourning over the deaths of Saul and Jonathan.’ David wants the earth to share in his grief as well, “fasting,” as it were, from the usual splendor of creation, to share David’s pain. I remember having a similar sense when my father died. It did not seem quite right that everything just went on “business as usual,” without everyone feeling his death.

Right now, take your suffering and allow the Spirit to turn it into a song. Take comfort in knowing that your Lord receives and shares your pain.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
My soul singing as I feel v. 17ff
You receiving my feelings
What a blessing to have friends! v. 26
Growing in my love for all

Version for Children and Families

This is the third of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide, Year A.
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Tuesdays are dedicated the Hebrew “Writings.”

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