Daily Worship

Over the years

July 04, 2021 0
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2 Samuel 5: 1-5 (NRSVA)

1 Then all the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron, and said, ‘Look, we are your bone and flesh. 2 For some time, while Saul was king over us, it was you who led out Israel and brought it in. The Lord said to you: It is you who shall be shepherd of my people Israel, you who shall be ruler over Israel.’ 3 So all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron; and King David made a covenant with them at Hebron before the Lord, and they anointed David king over Israel. 4 David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned for forty years. 5 At Hebron he reigned over Judah for seven years and six months; and at Jerusalem he reigned over all Israel and Judah for thirty-three years.

Do you get those weird notifications on your phone — BAM — that stop you in your tracks…

 

PHONE: Do you know exactly where you were 7 years go? Because I do!

YOU: Pardon?

PHONE: You were having a burrito!

YOU: Huh. Okay.

PHONE: With Colin!

YOU: Who?

PHONE: Colin!

YOU: Colin, Colin… eh…

PHONE: You used to work together? Well not directly, there was an agency or a quango… Colin, you know Colin. You saw him once holding a shoe outside Argos? Always posts recipes for banana bread ‘with a twist’?

YOU: Vaguely.

PHONE: Never mind. How about 3 years ago to the day — to the day — you got a new matt-gloss-all-in-one-sealant-protector-solution-system that you said, and I quote, ‘was gonna change my life’.

YOU: Oh yeah, that stuff didn’t really work. We had to get new deckchairs.

PHONE: Life changed!

YOU: I suppose, they ended up repaving the whole garden and having to treat the entire cul-de-sac. It smelled for months.

PHONE: Scratch that. Precisely a decade ago — you saw…a pinecone!

YOU: A pine cone!

PHONE: Look I’m trying here…

YOU: I remember it! Sheila gave it to me.

PHONE: Oh?

YOU: It was the last thing she gave me. Said it reminded her of me, because it was beautiful and packed with potential. I put it up on the mantle piece. She was amazing.

PHONE: Wow.

YOU: Funny to think back.

PHONE: If we go to 10 years plus one day I’ve got a banana bread recipe.

YOU: No, it’s okay.

PHONE: It’s got a twist…

YOU: It’s fine really

PHONE: ‘No banana’ banana bread!

YOU: I’m good with the pinecone, thanks phone.

PHONE: 😊

 

Imagine through the twists and turns of King David’s later life if he’d got a phone notification: "This day three years ago/thirty years ago/thirty-three years ago you were anointed before your God and your people to serve…”

 

PRAYER:

 

Be with us in our cherished and mundane memories

as we piece together what it means to be yours

over the years

Amen.