As soon as David returned from killing the Philistine, Abner took him and brought him before Saul, with David still holding the Philistine’s head.
“Whose son are you, young man?” Saul asked him. David said, “I am the son of your servant Jesse of Bethlehem.” – 1 Samuel 17:57-58 (NIV)
I love the way David answers Saul. There is a feeling that David expects Saul to know who Jesse of Bethlehem is, and maybe Saul did know of him, but pride in who David’s father is still comes through. David’s heritage is part of his identity and he is not afraid to share it, even with the king. This is another theme that runs through scripture, the individual identifying himself as one in a continuing chain. While the people we read about in scripture are distinct individuals, they invariably are identified as sons and daughters of mothers and fathers.
This connectivity is falling apart in our society today. We have so elevated individuality that the bonds of fidelity and family have eroded. Children are becoming more and more egocentric and society is supporting this shift. Everything is personalized, customized and individualized. It is no longer the me generation, it is the ME GENERATION. This is where we have to step in as followers of Christ and overcome society.
I can’t honestly say that if someone asked my daughters who their daddy was that they would answer, “I am the daughter of Chris Yeager of Redding” and think that was enough. However, I also don’t think they have any qualms about identifying themselves as my daughters and I hope I never give them reason to. I hope that I live in such a way that my children can introduce themselves as my children and feel good about it. I hope that I am getting across how valuable they are to me and that they are very much part of who I am. I hope they know I love to introduce myself as their father. And most of all I hope that they will grow to have the same relationship with God.
Lord, help me be the kind of father that my children will respect and honor. Bind us together with your love and grace. Let us love one another with greater capacity every day. Help families find wholeness and strength in one another through your mercy and truth. Amen.