The One About Absalom

What hope is there in life even when we have the power, the capacity, and the availability to be merciful?

“The story of Absalom and David is a story of “instead.” It is a story of a father’s desire to be merciful instead of vengeful.” – Tom Lynch

Join us tomorrow at 11 am at Woodland Heights Baptist Church as we reimagine how we live into the world mercifully as children of God.

See you at:

611 West 31st Street
Richmond, VA 23238

“Immerse – Inseparable – Imagine”



What do you mean waiting works?

It is just a part of life.

Do you really think that we get what we want when we want it?

When our expectation is that we will get what we desire, hope for, or want right when we want it we actually fail to practice belief, anticipation, and joy. Since we live in the world of immediate gratification and our personal gratification is THE expectation, we deny ourselves the opportunity to live into a greater story.

How small would the world and hope be if all one can expect is to receive what one wants in that moment. Thinking that way lacks imagination. Maybe there really is something better for us out there. Maybe if we believed in something bigger than our own desires and wishes we wouldn’t reduce the wonder of creation and God to what we want when we want it.


How would it be possible to experience something beyond our wildest dreams if we didn’t anticipate that such dreams really do happen. If we simply anticipate our expectations will be met we can never be surprised by joy when something beyond our wildest dreams occurs. Who wants to live that way? I’d rather wait in the present fully believing and anticipating that God is going to do something beyond our limited imagination.


When we wait on God fully believing and anticipating that he will do something beyond our wildest dreams we have opportunity to live into a grand story of joy. The unknown; the change; the obstacles; the grief; all along the paths we tread present us an opportunity to be formed into people who fully expect miracles to happen. Before we know it, God just might invite us to be messengers of joy in each others life.


What do you mean waiting works? Waiting with belief, anticipation, and joy leads to abundant and unfathomable life and not just a life filled with shallow expectation of immediate gratification.

Inspired by 1 and 2 Samuel (Especially 2 Sam. 1)