Encounters on the journey
1 Samuel 17: 57- 18:4
57 On David’s return from killing the Philistine, Abner took him and brought him before Saul, with the head of the Philistine in his hand. 58 Saul said to him, ‘Whose son are you, young man?’ And David answered, ‘I am the son of your servant Jesse the Bethlehemite.’
18 1 When David had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was bound to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. 2 Saul took him that day and would not let him return to his father’s house. 3 Then Jonathan made a covenant with David, because he loved him as his own soul. 4 Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that he was wearing, and gave it to David, and his armour, and even his sword and his bow and his belt.
On the journey we can often meet new friends. Through travelling together over physical miles or philosophical ones we form strong bonds of friendship and love.
Back home we left behind people who know us in a different way and have watched us tirelessly learn and grow but sometimes find it hard to see who we have become.
Journeys are often moments of self discovery but I think it’s important to remember the things we are given on these journeys. The chance to experiment with new aspects of our faith and personality. The chance to escape from the person we used to be. The chance to return and find a welcome ready for us. The chance to be all of these people until we are ready to be one person in all of these places again.
Thank you that journeys let us be new people and learn new things.
Please help us to remember you in all our travelling, to be the best and truest versions of ourselves and bring peace to every place or person that we visit.
Help us to offer grace when we return home, to those who might not have travelled the same road.