Prayer for the day
Splendor and honor and kingly power are yours by right, O Lord our God, For you created everything that is, and by your will they were created and have their being.
Scripture for the day
Each of us has had the experience of receiving something we didn’t expect. Each of us has been, at some time, overwhelmed by the acts of others. Most of us have known what it is to receive a gift so exciting that we get emotional just thinking about it.
In the First Testament account for today, Elisha gives this kind of extravagant gift to the woman at whose house he sometimes stays. She has been a good giver to him, providing him even with his own room, and he has gifted her, by the power of God, with a son. And this son dies.
It’s hard to imagine the pain, the sense of loss and even betrayal that this woman has. She was given a wonderful gift and has had it wrenched from her violently. And then, in the moment of her darkest despair, God gifts her again, with the life of her son who was lost. God gives what only God can give, and she is elated. She falls at the prophet’s feet in thanks and gratitude for what God had done through him.
Naaman offers precious things to the prophet who, by the power of God, heals him of his leprosy.
We see a similar reaction in the disciples when they finally see the risen Jesus standing before them. The can’t believe what has happened, the scriptures say, because of their joy and amazement. They are overwhelmed with thankfulness for the return of their lord.
Each of the people in these stories received a miraculous gift, and each responded as God would have us respond…with thankfulness and gratitude in our hearts for the goodness of God.
thanks be to God.