I don’t know about you, but I don’t like roller coasters very much. I once knew a family that used to spend their vacation roaming across the country in search of the biggest and scariest roller coasters there were. Yuk! I don’t think that’s very much fun at all!
Well, the first book of Kings is like that: it’s a roller coaster ride from the heights of wonderful people like Solomon, to the wicked kings we’ve been reading about recently on Tuesdays. But today we meet up with someone great who lifts up our spirits like the top curves of a roller coaster. His name is Elijah.
Today’s story is one of my very favorites in the whole Bible; I hope it becomes one of yours as well. I’ll just let the story speak for itself. Read it slowly, like you’re savoring a summer’s ice cream cone. Think about it a lot: talk about it too; it has wonderful meaning for us all.
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Jar of meal never empty v. 16
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.
This is the eleventh of thirteen weeks in the season of Pentecost, Year B.
Tuesdays are dedicated to Hebrew History and “The Writings.”
For the rest of this season, we read 1 Kings.
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet. More information…