“…the Bible is a conversation that started over 3000 years ago and is still going on today. It is a conversation of God speaking through prophets and song writers, through leaders and slaves. It is a conversation of our pleas and prayers and human troubles being lifted up and heard by God. It is a conversation told not just through laws and decrees, but through stories and faces and names of people who reached out in faith and saw God’s presence in our world. It is a conversation that offers us wisdom and guidance and tells us that we are made for something greater than we can even imagine.”
“In our scripture reading for this week, we are invited to go deeper. We are invited to see people not as labels, but as individuals with stories to tell. We are invited to ask questions, offer listening ears, and walk beside others.”
Namaan’s healing, the most valuable treasure he has ever received, comes not through his own accomplishments or force or wealth, but solely through God’s loving grace.
“The Shunammite woman doesn’t know who Elisha is at first. She doesn’t know that he is a prophet. She doesn’t know the wonders he can perform. She simply sees a stranger in need of a meal. And she knows that she has plenty to share.”
One thing I have loved about this church is how you never say the phrase, “That’s not the way we used to do it.” Because it is okay if we do things a completely new way. It’s okay f we try something different, even if it might fail.