August 2, 2021

2 Samuel 11:26-27  When Uriah’s wife heard that her husband was dead, she grieved for her husband. When the time of mourning was over, David sent someone to bring her to his house. She became his wife and bore him a son. (The Message Bible) It is only three sentences, three lines on my computer screen, but underneath the brief description lies a world of heartache and deception. If you read the whole story starting at the beginning of chapter 11 and going at least until the middle of chapter 12 (it actually becomes the story of the rest of 2 Samuel) you see how these few words understate the impact of the situation. We reduce things to sound bites or pithy statements so that we can deal with them in a manageable way, but those few words often fail to convey the true significance of the situation. “My folks split up when I was a kid.” “A classmate died in a car accident.” “I lost my job and we had to move.” Little phrases that contain so much more than the meaning of the individual words. Does God know your heartache? Is God present even in the midst of your biggest failure? Does God know the story behind your simple phrase that says so much more? The Bible says yes. God knows. God cares. God forgives. 

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