Special Friends Devotional | Day 2

Eat at My Table


Read 2 Samuel 9:1–7

 
David asked, “Is there anyone still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?”
 
Now there was a servant of Saul’s household named Ziba. They summoned him to appear before David, and the king said to him, “Are you Ziba?”
 
“At your service,” he replied.
 
The king asked, “Is there no one still alive from the house of Saul to whom I can show God’s kindness?”
 
Ziba answered the king, “There is still a son of Jonathan; he is lame in both feet.”
 
“Where is he?” the king asked.
 
Ziba answered, “He is at the house of Makir son of Ammiel in Lo Debar.”
 
So King David had him brought from Lo Debar, from the house of Makir son of Ammiel.
 
When Mephibosheth son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, came to David, he bowed down to pay him honor.
 
David said, “Mephibosheth!”
 
“At your service,” he replied.
 
“Don’t be afraid,” David said to him, “for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table.”
 
Reflect
 
Throughout much of David’s life before he was king, Saul was trying to kill him. Saul was jealous, prideful, and vengeful. And yet because Saul had been appointed and anointed by God as king, David chose to honor Saul and his family in his life and his death. Plus, David was a loyal friend to Jonathan, Saul’s son. For these reasons, David seems to have gone out of his way to bring into his care Saul’s remaining descendant, Mephibosheth, who was “lame in both feet.” David did this not by caring for Mephibosheth by secretly giving him money or caring for him from afar. Rather, David granted him a seat at the king’s table—the highest of honors. When we invite people to our table and share a meal with them, we open our homes and our lives.

 

  • What stands out to you about David’s character as you read today’s passage?
     
  • In an effort both to honor and get to know someone with a disability, who might you invite to share a meal with you? How might that shape your compassion toward and love for individuals with disabilities?
     
  • What is God’s invitation to you in today’s passage?

Respond
 
God, thank You for the gift of life and for the ways You provide for my needs. You have given me much and I desire to share what I have with others. Help me identify a person or family that I can share I meal with and extend kindness to as a way of honoring them and getting to know them. Grow my compassion and love for people with disabilities. Amen.
 
Family Activity
 
Talk as a family about whom you might invite to your table to share a meal. Is there a family at church or in your neighborhood or school that has a member who has special needs? Imagine the honor of getting know that family and sharing your table with them. Make the invitation!

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