Daily Lectionary Readings for Year A
Elijah is carried to heaven in a chariot of fire, and Elisha carries on. Elisha picks up the staff and parts the waters to walk to the other side. This power over the waters was demonstrated by God through Moses, Joshua, Elijah, and Elisha. In a practical matter, parting the waters saved days, perhaps weeks, of travel. Going across a river is a lot shorter than going around a river. Theologically it demonstrated God as the power over all things. God was the ultimate force of nature and was worthy of awe and praise. As leaders, Moses, Joshua, Elijah, and Elisha demanded the respect of those who followed. God was at work in and through them. The staff that they carried was the conductor through which God's saving power ran. If you wanted to live and find your way to freedom, follow the one who spoke directly to God.
If you have a walking stick or a cane, reenact the parting of the sea as if you were Moses, Joshua, or one of the prophets. Imagine what it might mean to those who follow for the power of God to make a way when there was no way.
And, as you think about the power and flow of water, pray for those in the Midland area. The flooding damage for many was severe. Some lakes have now turned into puddles with the destruction of the dams.
It's been a hard couple of months. God is still at work. Maybe these cartoons can lift the load for a moment or two. I especially related to the hair one. God bless you. Worship begins at 10 am tomorrow at www.wesleypark.org. I'll send out the link to the 11 am Zoom coffee hour Sunday morning. If you need to listen to the service please contact Max Gibbard and he can help you out.