Five Smooth Stones

I Samuel 17 – The 4th Sunday after Pentecost – for Sunday, June 21, 2015

“He then grabbed his staff and chose five smooth stones from the streambed.” (I Samuel 17:40)

 . . . and chose five smooth stones from the streambed . . .
. . . and chose five smooth stones from the streambed . . .

Remember mighty King David?

But first, he was merely David.

A good-looking kid, David was the eighth of eight brothers. Which meant he usually was left behind to guard the sheep. Which meant he likely scraped the bottom of the food bowls at mealtime and washed in cold and dirty water when—if—he bathed. Whatever praises his father Jesse muttered to encourage David had probably been used first for the older brothers. How often did Jesse call David by one of his brother’s names? Haven’t parents always done that? How many times had David been insulted by a sarcastic brother? With seven male siblings, one of them would always be in a foul mood. How many times had David been shoved to the ground for something he did, or . . . just because? With seven male siblings, one of them would always be angry enough to launch a punch or a kick.

The eighth son was easily forgotten. Easily ignored.

Then came the war. Continue reading →

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