Friday, January 24, 2014


1 Samuel 24:3-21; Ps 57:2-11 Have mercy on me, God, have mercy; MArk 3:13-19

Here are a few words from the saint of today:

"God takes pleasure to see you take your little steps; and like a good father who holds his child by the hand, He will accommodate His steps to yours and will be content to go no faster than you. Why do you worry?” St. Francis De Sales


Saul is traveling with his soldiers to destroy David who has given him victory over the Philistines because of jealousy and rivalry.   In the midst of his pursuit he takes cover in a cave to relieve himself.  That is correct.  Scripture tells us that Saul is relieving himself.  He is going to the bathroom and probably not a number 1, if yo get my just. 

WHile he is occupied with the matter at hand, David steals an advantage.  He could have easily destroyed Saul and be done with this pursuit.  But he doesn't. 

Instead a proverb comes to his mind that he perhaps was taught when he was young, "From the wicked comes forth wickedness."  This proverb, this saying he was taught from an early age probably by his parents, acts as a light of grace that directs his path to righteousness. 

This is encouraging for me as a teacher.  How many times have I had students remember little sayings or proverbs.  Perhaps one day this method will assist them as they journey so as to lead them to righteousness.  

The seed planted eventually becomes full grown.  We hope at least. 

Something to be thankful for I suppose as we continue our journey.  Putting scripture to memory is a good thing.  God can use it to shed light for our path as we continue to journey forth. 

This is relief. 

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