Over the years
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!
PHONE: You were having a burrito!
YOU: Huh. Okay.
PHONE: With 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’?
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.
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.
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.
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…”
Be with us in our cherished and mundane memories
as we piece together what it means to be yours
over the years