Jonathan son of Saul had a son who was lame in both feet. He was five years old when the news about Saul and Jonathan came from Jezreel. His nurse picked him up and fled, but as she hurried to leave, he fell and became disabled. His name was Mephibosheth. -2 Samuel 4:4 (NIV)
Mephibosheth may not have had much to be grateful for during his young life. Crippled from childhood (in a culture where imperfection was seen as a curse of God), the only remaining family of the defeated king, hidden away without land, inheritance or hope. As the conquering king, David had every right to end the line of Saul who persecuted and pursued him, but instead, he chose to focus on the time before when Saul was his mentor and Jonathan his best and closest friend. He could be grateful for the love they shared, or let bitterness mare those precious memories. David chose gratitude and it changed, not only the life of Mephibosheth, but also his own.