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Topic: LOVE (agape and/or phileo) (03/12/15)
- TITLE: The Heart of the Matter
By Loni Bowden-Horn
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David was still the talk of the town. After all, the youth had single-handily killed the giant, Goliath, with nothing but a slingshot and five stones.
David’s ruddy complexion revealed that he preferred the solitude of the outdoors tending his sheep to the confinement of the inner sanctum of the palace. David’s hazel eyes mesmerized me. The golden flecks radiated in the light shone an inner strength, an inherent destiny toward greatness—-a special anointing by the Holy One.
As I crept from behind the shadows, I implored David; “We need to meet. God has laid some things on my heart.”
David jumped because I had startled him, “My friend, it would be my honor to meet with you.”
“Why don’t we sup together at dusk? I know of a spot in my pastures where we can chat and not be bothered.”
When I arrived at the destination David had chosen, vibrant streaks of orange and red hues had already begun to fill up the sky. As was the custom, David greeted me with a great big hug. David played his lyre to give me some time to rest before the covenant ceremony.
David approached,“the time has come."
David took out a knife from his sheath and cut my finger to draw a pinprick of blood and then he proceeded to cut so that a small drop of blood surfaced. We sealed the covenant by putting our fingers together.
David was like a brother to me and held a special place in my heart. It was if our souls were intertwined. I wanted to show David a small token of what our friendship meant to me by presenting him with five gifts:
When I laid my opulent purple robe lovingly into David’s arms, his eyes welled up with tears. The significance of this gesture hit David like a ton of bricks.
"David, no longer am I heir to the throne. I am leaving Israel and its people in your hands because I know you will look to God.”
“You may also take my garments of war—-made of finest fabrics. “Take my insignia and metals that I had won in my previous battles. You will be a great military leader of the people of Israel.“
"Take my sword—made of the finest medals. This will be your self-defense against the enemies that surround us. As the Philistines forbade us to have blacksmiths, it is one of the two swords in all of Israel. Guard yourself and defend your honor.”
“Take my bow—superb craftsmanship was needed to make it. This is my most prized possession and I give it to you. You can use it to save yourself from being attacked."
“Lastly, I give you my girdle—-this holds my sword, my bow, and my garments. This holds the innermost part of me. Listen with your heart and soul.
"Take all that I have. It is all yours. Remember, the victory belongs to the Lord.”
As David and I hugged goodbye, I realized that God had given me the greatest gift a person could have—-a friend.
"Greater love has no one than this that one lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13
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