Rizpah was ‘only’ one of King Saul’s concubines, but her response to King David’s actions changed the fortunes of the nation. Justin Fung unpacks the story of one of the Old Testament’s lesser-known heroes. [2 Samuel 3:6-7, 21:1-14]
- Radical Reconciliation: Beyond Political Pietism and Christian Quietism, Allan Aubrey Boesak & Curtiss Paul DeYoung
- “Rizpah,” Alfred Lord Tennyson
- “Rizpah protecting the bodies of her sons,” Georges Becker
The Prayer of St. Francis:
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.