An explanation: During November I am embarking on the NanoWriMo project, to get my latest book, THE SCENT OF WATER, under way. It’s a year’s worth of daily devotionals for the first year of bereavement - read the introduction HERE. It will soon move to a new website (Grace2Help) In the spirit of NaNoWriMo, this is unedited, a first draft; we just keep writing!
Grant grace ? And comments and suggestions are most welcome.
This week’s daily thoughts are based on the story of King David and his men after the attack on Ziklag, in 1 Samuel 30. They had lost everything – their homes destroyed, their families taken away. They were devastated.
David and his men wept aloud until they had
no strength left to weep.
1 Samuel 30:4
It’s our normal reaction to grief – tears rain down until we are exhausted. Then we weep again.
These men wept together. Lord, I need someone to weep with me today.
Let my tears be a reminder to me of how much I loved and was loved, and a reminder to be grateful for that love.
But David found strength in the Lord his God
1 Samuel 30:6
Confronted with disaster, bereft and lonely, David did the only thing he could: he went to the Lord. He’d lost his wife and children, his companions were blaming him for the disaster, and he felt totally alone and misunderstood.
Lord, that’s how I feel: alone and devastated by my grief. Will you strengthen me today?
Then David said to Abiathar the priest…
1 Samuel 30:7
After resting in the Lord, David turned to a friend - he called on his pastor for spiritual advice. Sometimes talking with a trusted friend or with a wise pastor, can help to ease and to understand the grief.
Lord, show me who I should turn to. And when. Actually, Lord - please just send someone, nudge the right person into coming to me?
Then David asked the Lord.
1 Samuel 30:8 (NLT)
What shall I do, Lord? I feel lost, overcome, consumed by all that I am feeling today. There are decisions to make, things I have to do. Guide me, show me, help me.
And keep me in touch with you.
They came to the torrent Besor: and some being weary
1 Samuel 30:9 (Douay Rheims)
Resting by the brook, too weary to go any further, worn out by grief. Allowed to stay, allowed to rest, allowed time to recover. I too am resting at the Brook Besor, needing time to recover. And that’s OK; I don’t have to do what I would normally do. I can have this time out for now. And that's such a relief to know.
Thank you Lord.
We share and share alike--those who go to battle and those who guard the equipment
1 Samuel 30:24 (NLT)
It is not a disgrace to have this time out. This is one of those times when I need to stay by the Brook Besor. David was generous to those who had stayed, exhausted and worn out; he treated them the same as those who had continued into battle.
God’s grace is a generous grace. HE understands, even if others don’t seem to.
Lord, thank you for allowing me this time at the Brook Besor. Thank you for undeserved grace.