For Ages 3-7
Based on 2 Samuel 9
Long ago, in the days of kings and queens, there was a very good king. The king was brave; even as a boy he fought an evil giant using only a stone and a leather thong. The king loved God, and he loved God’s people.
“Bring me Ziba!” called the king one day from his throne.
Ziba was a good man, a faithful man. He knew King David to be kind and fair. Yet, Ziba had served the angry King Saul. Saul had worked hard to harm David, and Ziba was nervous.
“Your majesty!” Ziba said, bowing low.
“Do you remember my best friend Jonathan?” asked the good king, with a far-away look in his eye.
“Yes, your highness, I do. I served his father, King Saul. But Saul tried to kill you!”
King David waved his hand and shook his head. “Saul was confused and that time is past. Tell me; are there any relatives of Saul’s still alive?”
“King, Jonathan had a son. He is crippled in both feet and living in Lo-debar in the home of another man.”
King David smiled. “Perfect. Bring him to me.”
The king’s court was abuzz with nervous excitement the day Mephibosheth rode his donkey into Jerusalem. King David was a good man, but would he be kind to the grandson of Saul? After all, the old king, Saul, had been cruel to David. Saul had actually chased David through the wilderness, trying to kill David. The servants looked sideways at each other. Even good kings take revenge, right?
“Greetings, Mephibosheth!” smiled King David.
Mephibosheth bowed low, his voice shaking. “I am your servant, King.”
“Stand up, Mephibosheth,” laughed David. “Do not be afraid.”
Mephibosheth stood up. He could not help thinking of his fifteen sons. He wondered if he would ever see them again. Perhaps, the good king would only send him to the dungeon.
“I loved your father Jonathan.” David smiled brightly. “In fact, I’m giving you all of your grandfather Saul’s land. You and your family will come live with me and eat here in the palace at my table!”
There was a gasp throughout the king’s court. Slowly, servants began to nod at each other. King David was a good king, indeed.
Mephibosheth moved to Jerusalem with his fifteen sons. He often ate dinner with the king, laughing over stories of his father, Jonathan. Ziba, Saul’s former servant, was placed in charge of all of Mephibosheth’s new land.
Long ago, in the days of kings and queens, King David showed kindness to the grandson of his former enemy.
Light shines in the darkness for the godly. They are generous, compassionate, and righteous. Psalm 112:4
~ Danika Cooley
Danika Cooley is a freelance children’s writer with a love for God’s Word, history, wisdom and small people. Her work has appeared in magazines including Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse and Clubhouse Jr., Pockets, Devozine, Keys for Kids, and Cobblestone Group’s FACES and Odyssey and in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Magic of Mothers and Daughters.