Week 16   Day 3



            we have shed them in response to 

                        falls and fears 

                        disappointments and distress 

                        joy and jubilation


            something special in the ability to weep 

                        the physical response to a hidden emotion 

                        the release of deep feelings 

                        the letting go


            sometimes come so healing can take place 

                        cleansing and purifying 

                        washing away the hurt

                        moving on to recovery 



            a welling up of frustrated wishes 

            a fountain of regrets 

            a spring of woulda'




thank God for touching us so deeply











          Absalom's popularity forced king David to flee.
                                           II Samuel 15


     1After that Absalom provided himself with chariots and

horses, and fifty men to run before him.  2Absalom would

rise early and stand beside the gate.  Whenever anyone who

had a lawsuit came to the king for a decision, Absalom would

call to them, "What city are you from?"  3Then Absalom said,

"Your case is good and right; but there is no deputy of the king

to hear you.  Oh, that I were made judge, then I would give

justice."  5Whenever anyone came near to bow down to him, he

would take him and kiss him.  6 In this manner Absalom stole

the hearts of the men of Israel.

     7Absalom said to the king, "Please, let me go to Hebron

and pay the vow which I made to the Lord, 8that "If the Lord

brings me back to Jerusalem, then I will serve the Lord.'" 

9The king said, "Go in peace."  So he arose and went.

     10Then Absalom sent spies throughout all the tribes of

Israel, saying, "As soon as you hear the sound of the trumpet,

say, 'Absalom reigns in Hebron!'"  11With Absalom went

two hundred men invited from Jerusalem, and they went

along innocently and did not know anything.  12Absalom sent

for Ahithophel, David's counselor.   And the conspiracy grew

strong, for the people with Absalom continually increased.

     13Now a messenger came to David, saying, "The hearts of

the men of Israel are with Absalom."  14So David said, "Let

us flee, or we shall not escape from Absalom.  Make haste to

depart, lest he overtake us suddenly and bring disaster upon

us, and strike the city with the sword."

     30So David went up by the Ascent of the Mount of Olives,

and wept as he went.   31Someone told David,  "Ahithophel is

among the conspirators with Absalom."  And David said, "O

Lord, I pray, turn the counsel of Ahithophel into foolishness!"

     32When David had come to the top of the mountain--there

was Hushai coming to meet him with his robe torn and dust

on his head.  33David said to him, "If you go on with me,  you

will become a burden.  34But if you return to the city, and say

to Absalom, 'O king; as I was your father's servant, so I will

now also be your servant,' then you may defeat the counsel of

Ahithophel for me.  35Have Zadok and Abiathar the priests

with you  and their two sons, Ahimaaz and Jonathan; by them

you shall send me everything you hear."  37So Hushai,

David's friend, and Absalom came into Jerusalem.
               This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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