Tuesday, May 19, 2015
a sensible woman
thanks be to God for sensible women. in today's reading, Nabal (whose name apparently suggests the word 'fool') and David get into a hot headed argument. and, right after sparing Saul's life in the cave, David marches off to kill Nabal and all of his family.
but Abigail kept her wits about her, went and met David, and ... get this... TOOK RESPONSIBILITY for what had happened. she asked David not to do anything foolish. he thanks her for her sensible and wise response, and spares Nabal's life.
Nabal gets the news that he almost got killed by David, and has a stroke and dies. then David very wisely marries Abigail.
it's a pretty amazing story, and it reminds us what happens when we keep our head, do the right thing, and work for peace instead of violence. it doesn't always work out this great in the here and now, but it always works out for the best in the long run.
God, please help me be a peacemaker.