(Jonathan warns David to flee for his life and then) . they kissed one another (custom of time and place) and they wept together, but David more so. 1 Samuel 20:41

(keep in mind both men were valiant warriors)

Authentic men aren’t afraid to show affection, release their feelings, hug their children, cry when they’re sad. Charles R. Swindoll (1934– )

Then Jonathan said to David, "Go in peace, since we have both sworn in the name of the Lord, saying, "May the Lord be between you and me, and between your descendants and my descendants, forever."' So he arose and departed, and Jonathan went into the city. 1 Samuel 20:42

When the time has come, it takes courage and faith to withdraw and leave someone fully to God.

(David on the run and starving ask the priest for bread)So the priest gave him holy bread; for there was no bread there but the showbread (eaten only by the priest). 1 Samuel 21:6

Sacrifice doctrine for the spirit of the law.

.David (with food and Goliath’s sword) . fled that day from before Saul, and went to Achish the king of Gath (Goliath’s former Philistine home) pretended madness (out of fear and was rejected to flee again). 1 Samuel 21:10-15

May I never fail to retreat to Him who is full of grace and truth, the friend that loveth at all time, who is touched with feelings of my infirmities, and can do exceeding abundantly for me. The Valley of Vision, Puritan Prayers and Devotions (1600,1700s)

. David .escaped to the cave of Adullam (in Judah – David’s tribe); and when his brothers and all his father's household heard of it, they went down there to him. 1 Samuel 22:1

Family ties are treasured things and far though we may roam, the tender bonds with those we love still pull our hearts toward home. Anon