Sunday, June 7, 2015
two things struck me from today's readings (besides Abishag's name, which made me giggle with puerile amusement). one was when David saw that Solomon was on the throne, and he worshiped God. he was profoundly grateful for the fact that he saw his beloved son sitting on the throne during David's lifetime. David, despite (or maybe BECAUSE OF) his sins and shortcomings, is truly a great example for us of how to live our lives in gratitude and repentance.
the other thing was Solomon's first decision as king. he shows his wisdom from the very first choice he makes... his brother has gone to the temple and is holding on to the horns of the altar, to keep from being killed. it was like claiming "sanctuary" from Victor Hugo's time. anyway, he tells his men to ask Solomon if he is going to have him killed. Solomon doesn't say yes or no, as many of us would. he basically says "if you behave, you'll be fine. if you try anything stupid, you'll die." wise decision!
God, please help me to follow the examples of these two men who, even through their weakness and sins, followed you.