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Devotion - July 25, 2021

1 Samuel 16:6-13

Samuel Anoints David

6 When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, ‘Surely the Lord’s anointed is now before the Lord.’ 7But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.’ 8Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. He said, ‘Neither has the Lord chosen this one.’ 9Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, ‘Neither has the Lord chosen this one.’ 10Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel, and Samuel said to Jesse, ‘The Lord has not chosen any of these.’ 11Samuel said to Jesse, ‘Are all your sons here?’ And he said, ‘There remains yet the youngest, but he is keeping the sheep.’ And Samuel said to Jesse, ‘Send and bring him; for we will not sit down until he comes here.’ 12He sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and had beautiful eyes, and was handsome. The Lord said, ‘Rise and anoint him; for this is the one.’ 13Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the presence of his brothers; and the spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward. Samuel then set out and went to Ramah.

Reflection by Lynne Buell

It’s always a joy to be a part of Pilgrimage’s VBS, and this year was especially joyful. After being isolated for over a year, I was eager to be a part of this year’s event as a ‘Snack Helper.’

This Scripture was for Tuesday. The snack was a slice of Italian bread, drizzled with olive oil and topped with salsa and cheese—the idea was to coincide drizzled oil with Samuel anointing David to be the next king. Needless to say, it wasn’t the favorite snack because it didn’t contain marshmallows, chocolate chips and frosting. But it did lead to a great little discussion that focused on God’s value of internal qualities rather than external appearances.

I emphasized that God chose David for a very special purpose, and I asked the children what special purposes they each had. Here are some responses:

· Playing Switch

· I’m smart!

· I’m very crazy, too!

· Playing golf

To conclude our discussion, I asked the children what makes us different from one another. They cited hair color, eye color, short, tall, skinny and the clothes we wear. And then, to the amazement of Rev. Courtney and myself, one of the children said this:

“You’re not judged by the color of your skin, but by the content of your character.” A direct quote from MLK.

Children are amazing! They have the amazing ability to absorb and understand life lessons including a quote from an awe-inspiring leader for civil rights. They have the desire to learn, the longing to be happy, and are really the best example of daily entertainment!

It didn’t take long for me to realize that I needed to be with these children. I was filled with their goodness, obedience, understanding, wiggles and giggles, and only a slight bit of mischief. While I was a bit more tired each day, I felt renewed and grateful for this incredible experience.


Loving God,

Hold my hand, lead the way,

Help me be good every day.

Let me know what is wrong and right,

Keep me safe day and night.

Let me know what you have planned,

Lead the way God, hold my hand. Amen.

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