Saturday, April 17, 2021


Today’s Reading: 2 Samuel 19

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This area near Jericho is one of the main baptismal sites on the Jordan River. On the far side of the river, people are entering the waters of baptism. They are in what is known as the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, where in the time of Joshua, two and one half tribes remained. This is the area where we find David in today’s reading. He escaped from Absalom to a city on the east side of the river.

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Key Verse: 2 Samuel 19:3

And the people stole back into the city that day, as people who are ashamed steal away when they flee in battle.

The people who had stood shoulder to shoulder with David were discouraged by David’s response. They could not understand the depth of his grief. Self pity was probably a large part of David’s extreme sorrow. He knew how badly he had messed up his family and his kingdom. David was experiencing the truth of the words written a thousand years later, “God is not mocked; for whatsoever a man sows, that he will also reap” (Galatians 6:7 – click here for 6:6-10). Paul wrote good words. In the last sentence of today’s reading, “words” are mentioned twice. Words have great power to change a person, and even a nation. The words of Joab to David, rebuking him and urging him to speak words of comfort to the people, changed David’s actions. Then David spoke to the priests asking them to speak to the elders of Judah. Judah had supported Absalom. The representatives of the ten tribes, eleven counting Benjamin, had, for the most part, stood with David. The words of Barzillai come close to home for those of us who are 80 years old or over (2 Samuel 19:35). However we can take courage from the fact that God used this old man to provide food and shelter for David and those who had accompanied him from Jerusalem. What an honour it is for we who are older to use the resources God has given us to bless others.


Lord God, I ask You for wise words to come from my mouth. I pray that, like Barzillai, my actions will speak even louder than my words. May I be given the grace to give generously of that with which You have entrusted me. Thank You that I’m of sound mind and that I can make decisions which will benefit Your cause. May I not wait until others have to make those decisions for me. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen!


In my comments yesterday, I spoke of these priorities: God first, family second, and God’s other work third. My Dad, because of circumstances beyond his control, was absent from the time I was two until I was eight. During those years, some people, probably unwisely, would say to me, “David, you have to be the man of the house.” They weren’t serious, I’m sure, but to a boy those were big powerful words. I can remember standing as tall as possible, squaring my shoulders, and even lying as straight in my bed as I possibly could. When Dad came home at the close of WWII, I hid behind the bushes and my older sisters had to drag me out to greet him. In spite of that, I was glad to see him. He was a strong man with strong words. My mother had the same strengths. Some time ago, Ann, my “daughter-in-love” (we say “love” instead of “law”), was looking at a 1948 yearbook from Annesley College (John and Charles Wesley’s mother’s maiden name was Annesley). My Dad was Principal there and Mother was called the Matron. Ann said to me, “Dad, you should quote your Mom and Dad in your blog.” So here are some of mother’s words from that yearbook: “Dear young friend, is God calling you to attend Annesley College? Make sure that you are within calling distance. Live close to Jesus where you can hear His voice. When we live in that secret place with Him, we rejoice to do His bidding.” – Hazel Mainse. And some of father’s words: “In the first place, things that count for success seem just beyond our reach. We try to influence people for good, but our best efforts of themselves prove futile; and worse than useless, even harmful. The secret of successful contact is found in the magnetic Son of God, who never made a failure in any of His many human relationships.” – R. L. Mainse (below are photos of these pages in the yearbook from 1948).

Yours for learning that “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver” (Proverbs 25:11),


P.S. I noticed that the editor of the yearbook was Colin H. Glenn (photo below). He is the grandfather of Rev. Ray David Glenn, Rector of St. George’s Anglican Church, a congregation that has recently dedicated a new church building in Burlington, Ontario. Here are some words from Ray David’s Grandpa from that yearbook: “With 34 months service in the armed forces, I am happy to present my life a living witness to a dying world that Jesus saves, keeps, and through obedience, fills the heart with a peace that passeth all understanding, coupled with joy unspeakable and full of glory.” Colin Glen had been converted to Christ four years earlier while serving in Europe during WWII. The government of Canada paid for the education of several veterans who studied at Annesley College. Colin was one of those veterans.

Messages from my parents in the 1948 yearbook of Annesley College. Click on the photo to enlarge it.


Colin H. Glenn in the 1948 yearbook of Annesley College.


13 thoughts on “Saturday, April 17, 2021

  1. Doreen, your quote from yesterday:
    “Peace be still all. God is in control and He will never leave us. Thank You Lord. Amen, amen.”
    This word spoken yesterday was like “apples of gold” (Prov.25:11) to my soul this morning.
    Again- what a tremendous Blessing to know that The Body of Christ is present in prayer and support, even when one is unseen or unknown by people. Thank you.
    I, too, with Autoimmune Disorder, had a 36 hr -reaction, 9 days after Pfeizer, this week. It sure reminded me that good health is a Blessing to be thankful for continually.

    Praying for all Bloggers today and filled with thankfulness for each and every one of you.

    • Thanks for sharing that, Laur. Praise the Lord you are feeling better and thankful you have good health, otherwise. His continued blessings upon you.

  2. Even though David was anointed to be king, he had wisdom to hear truth about his behaviour and was humble enough to accept the direction of his advisor. I pray for Godly Wisdom as I walk according to his direction. Praying for our co-bloggers today. May God’s healing touch help you all. With tighter restrictions in Ontario, we can rest assured that God is close – He will provide and protect us. Thank You Father, in Jesus Name. Amen

  3. Watched Prince Philip’s funeral today and was glad to see that it was very much a Christian funeral. My maternal grandparents come from Essex and Norfolk and am very thankful that I had 3 trips there and met some relatives. God is good!

    • Will do Theresa! Jesus is as close as His Name, we use to say. It is true though. He knows when the sparrow falls but you are worth much more to Him. Isn’t it amazing! May God draw you close as you enjoy the Word with us. Blessings for a special touch on you and on those who may be in need of one today.

  4. Amen to the comments above and my prayers go to the queen and her family as today was the funeral of her beloved husband Prince Philip her husband was the Queen’s strength and stay now we need to pray that Jesus will also be the Queen’s strength and stay 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

    • Amen Ger and Marilyn; prayers for the Queen. I felt so sad for her, watching the funeral. Please give her strength, God. 🙏

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