Sad Endings


“Don’t be afraid,” Jonathan reassured him. “My father will never find you! You are going to be the king of Israel, and I will be next to you, as my father, Saul, is well aware.” 

~I Samuel 23:16, NLT


Nothing is more noble, nothing more venerable, than loyalty.


If you know me, you know that I do not like sad movies: I prefer to laugh rather than to cry. I am not going to watch a sad movie and I do not like to hear bad news. I like the happy-ever-after endings. I suppose most of us prefer fairy tales to raw reality. I heard someone say recently; anyone can write a fairy tell, all you need is a hero, a villain, a plot, a moral, a narrative and some magic. Recently I finished reading 1 Samuel which entails much of the history surrounding David, Jonathan and Saul. Saul was a big man with a tiny heart. He was grossly insecure and his jealousy drove him insane. His son Jonathan is the mirror opposite. He is brave; secure in who he is and David’s best friend on this earth. Jonathan is not vainly ambitious. He was not a me-first kind of guy. He saw David’s talents, gifts and abilities and he knew they were extraordinary. He celebrated David’s giftedness and delighted to give him preference. I can’t lie, I think Jonathan’s love for David is greater than David’s love for Jonathan. In some ways, I think Jonathan was a better man. He had a rock solid character. He was true blue through and through. Loyalty was Jonathan’s middle name and you and I know there is little of it these days. The only grand child that I got to help name was Seth and his first name is Jonathan {Yahweh has given}. Seth is a messianic name, it means “Substitute.”

Reading the story of Jonathan’s brief life is like that of John the Baptist who was beheaded at age 31; I don’t like the ending of either story. Jonathan had so much promise and he was the kind of friend everyone needs. Jonathan’s father Saul was not cut out to be a king. Saul did well on the family farm and it is a shame that he could not have stayed there. Jonathan has no aspirations for the throne; he was more than glad to be David’s right hand man. If Saul had his sons heart and character; he would have appreciated David instead of hating him. David, a type of Christ, was Saul’s key to victory. Jonathan could see this truth but not his father; he was blinded by jealously.

The world is filled with disappointment. I was looking forward to the Major League Baseball season and then they up and did something stupid. Every professional sport is being politicized by the left. They have controlled the NFL for years and the NBA has become the CBA, China Basketball Association. For the last two years, Baseball has followed suit. Now they are going to punish Atlanta because they passed a law requiring voter ID. I say we go back to paying poll tax or showing that we’ve worked. I say we go by line 33 on the income tax: those who don’t pay taxes should not be allowed to vote.

I sent them an email yesterday…here is the address… It will not hurt to let them know how you feel.

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