Dec. 13: Telling stories for generations
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In these verses, I am struck once again by how God works with and through ordinary people, and how these important stories must be told and retold. In doing so, the retelling becomes a form of praise and adoration of the Creator and Sustainer.
The psalmist, Ethan the Ezrahite, writes about how God directs faithful love to David as a way of strengthening him. In turn, David, as imperfect as they come, acted in courage and power in miraculous ways.
In the years that I worked in Tanzania, I had opportunity to work alongside some David-like characters. Imperfect people who opened themselves up to the faithful love of God and were empowered to do miraculous work. A woman in her 30s with a fifth grade education and living with HIV worked tirelessly to develop a community-based orphan support program where the majority of people live on less than $2 a day. Another woman living with HIV and open about her health status took the courageous step to face the district council, reveal and condemn the misuse of HIV/AIDS funding within district health services.
How can I tell and retell these stories, how can I draw strength from the stories and from God’s faithfulness and love today? When I think of these women, my inner spirit is filled with a joyful energy, and I can join in with verses 1-4, I can tell the stories for generations and sing of God’s faithful love. I can stand firm and tell everyone that God’s love stands firm forever, among all of us imperfect ones.
19 Once you spoke in a vision, to your faithful people you said: “I have bestowed strength on a warrior; I have exalted a young man from among the people. 20 I have found David my servant; with my sacred oil I have anointed him. 21 My hand will sustain him; surely my arm will strengthen him. 22 No enemy will subject him to tribute; no wicked man will oppress him. 23 I will crush his foes before him and strike down his adversaries. 24 My faithful love will be with him, and through my name his horn will be exalted. 25 I will set his hand over the sea, his right hand over the rivers. 26 He will call out to me, ‘You are my Father, my God, the Rock my Savior.’