Text: I Samuel 15:34—16:3
“Fill your horn with oil and set out; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.”
Put a small amount of olive oil in a small bowl or container. Spend a little time with it; look at it, touch it, smell it, taste it. How do olives become oil?
What do you know of who was anointed in the ancient world? When in our own world do we speak of someone being “anointed”? What does the oil represent? Why might oil be used in this way? Who is the anointer?
What object or ritual in your own life might be imagined to serve this purpose?
What in your own life right now needs to be anointed? What needs to pass away? What transition needs to be acknowledged? What young royal potential needs to be affirmed?
– Beth Harrison