Week 16   Day 2



                                    there is so much hatred in the world

and the wounded are everywhere

            bodies brutalized 

            minds mutilated 

            souls scarred 


sometimes we are the warriors 

            having thoughts 

            that frighten us 

sometimes we are the wounded 

            having pain 

            that paralyzes us 


the world often reveres 





but grace says 





by faith we learn how

            to put down the arms of hatred 

            and lift up the arms of love           





     Absalom's revenge and a three-year banishment.
                                   II Samuel 13 & 14


     22Absalom spoke to his brother Amnon neither good

nor bad.  For Absalom hated Amnon, because he had

forced his sister, Tamar.  23After two years, Absalom

had sheepshearers in Baal Hazor, and invited all the

king's sons. 

     28Absalom had commanded his servants, saying,

"Watch now, when Amnon's heart is merry with wine,

and when I say to you, 'Strike Amnon!' then kill him. 
Do not be afraid.  Have I not commanded you?  Be
courageous and valiant."  29The servants of Absalom

did as Absalom had commanded.  Then all the king's

sons arose, and each one got on his mule and fled.

     30While they were on the way, news came to David,

saying, "Absalom has killed the king's sons, and not
of them is left!"  31So the king arose and tore his
and lay on the ground, and all his servants
stood by with
their clothes torn.  32Then Jonadab, the son
of David's
brother, answered, "Let not my lord suppose
have killed all the king's sons, only Amnon is dead. 
By command of Absalom this has been determined
from the day he forced his sister Tamar." 

     34The young man who was keeping watch lifted his

eyes and looked, and there, many people were coming

from the road on the hillside behind him.  35And Jonadab

said to the king, "Look, the king's sons are coming." 

36As soon as he had finished speaking the king's sons

indeed came, and they lifted up their voice and wept.     

     37But Absalom fled and went to the king of Geshur,

and was there three years.   And David mourned for his

son every day.   38David longed to go to Absalom.  For

he was comforted concerning Amnon, because he was


     23So Joab arose and went to Geshur, and brought

Absalom to Jerusalem.  24The king said, "Let him return

to his own house, but do not let him see my face."  So

Absalom returned to his own house, but did not see the

king's face.

     25In all Israel there was no one who was praised as

much as Absalom for his good looks.  From the sole of
foot to the crown of his head there was no blemish
in him.
           This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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