For lent and Easter 2022, I’m writing six duologues between Samuel and other people in the Bible, all on the theme of living with conflict.
Having written to Samuel in the last of my series on the great ‘cloud of witnesses’, I wondered what I might write that could start with Samuel and continue for lent. There is so much we can draw from his life, after all.
However, I ran into a problem. Because as I flicked through my Bible it seemed that he dealt with conflict at every turn. Then I realised that was the answer: to write a series on living with conflict. It certainly seems timely.
These duologues will be with: the young girl from Israel (2 Kings 5), Ezekiel, John the Baptist, Peter’s wife, Jonathan and, finally, Jesus. (I had initially thought one would be with Paul, but after writing the duologue with John the Baptist, Peter seemed a much better candidate. And then I realised it would be even better to bring Samuel to meet his wife instead.)
They talking about conflict in a variety of different settings.
I had hoped to publish these from the second Sunday in lent, with the last in the series on Good Friday, but… they take a while to write so… it will take longer than that.
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