Morning Prayer: July 23rd

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Psalm: 55
Old Testament: 2 Samuel 1:1-16
New Testament: Acts 15:22-35

After the death of Saul, when David had returned from defeating the Amalekites, David remained two days in Ziklag….Then David took hold of his clothes and tore them; and all the men who were with him did the same. They mourned and wept, and fasted until evening for Saul and for his son Jonathan, and for the army of the Lord and for the house of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword. (2 Sam 1:1;11-12)

I know it’s wrong to read New Testament values into Old Testament writings (I can almost see Gord Hamilton’s head exploding now)….but as I was going through this reading with milady…all I could think about was the idea of loving your enemy.

Despite having a good start to their relationship…..by the end, Saul and David were rivals aspiring to a single throne. Only one could win….and worst of all, someone (Jonathan) was caught right smack dab in the middle.

If I were in David’s position, I don’t know that I would be weeping, and fasting and tearing my shirt. On the contrary, I think my instinct would be to celebrate…..and possibly dance on Saul’s grave 😛

Even in a harsh world of royal politics, David mourns the loss of life…..any life……and that is something truly amazing indeed. +

Evening Prayer: June 22nd

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Psalm: 119:121-144
Gospel: Luke 22:14-23
Patristic Reading: An excerpt from a Treatise on Friendship by St. Aelred

Here is a true and perfect friendship, solid and eternal: a friendship that envy does not corrupt, suspicion does not diminish or ambition wipe out. It does not cease even under such a trial; even under such a battering it does not collapse. Assailed with abuse, it stands firm; beaten with insults, it does not bend. Go thou, and do likewise.

While I could talk about the institution of the Lord’s Supper tonight, I’ve already done that in Holy Week…and given my Roman Catholic background it stands to reason that I will return to it eventually lol ;).

Take a look at the quote from St. Aelred…..it certainly gives me some food for thought. Who has been a Jonathan in your life? Who has stuck by you in times of trouble, rebellion, and fear??? I leave you with those simple questions…..and thank God for those who are my best friends 🙂 <3.

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