2 Samuel 9:1, 3b, 7
“David asked, ‘Is there anyone still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?’…Ziba answered the king, ‘There is still a son of Jonathan; he is crippled in both feet.’…‘Don’t be afraid,’ David said to [Mephibosheth], ‘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.’”
“The woman…begged Jesus to drive the demon out of her daughter. ‘First let the children eat all they want,’ he told her, ‘for it is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.’ ‘Yes, Lord,’ she replied, ‘but even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.’ Then he told her, ‘For such a reply, you may go; the demon has left your daughter.’”
Psalm 23:3b, 5
“He guides me in the path of righteousness for his name’s sake…You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.”
God of grace, you enter into relationships extravagant in mercy.
Though we are troubled and lame, you call us to feast at your table where you serve us healing and dignity. In your generosity you welcome us, not for our own merits, but for the sake of another who represented us and spoke for us.
Bring us to the place where we eat with you each day, enjoying the rich bounty you provide. Remind us to seek your favour for those who have not yet entered the banqueting hall.
This we ask in the name of Jesus, who for our sake was crippled upon a cross that we might stand as family members of the King.
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