There is one hero that shines out above all the evil kings of this book: it’s Elijah. Filled with God’s power, he wins out in contests set up between the evil people who follow false gods, and the power of God.
However, now we find Elijah fleeing from these same people. He must have become just plain tired, like being in the boxing ring with evil all the time. As though you are the silent companion of Elijah, be with him as you listen in today’s reading to three happenings in the weather—a storm with great winds, then one that makes wild fire, then finally, a calm that has only the gentle whisper of the wind. Which one of the three events most shows God’s presence and why? Think about your answer. Share it with somebody and see if you can find how the story can apply to your own life.
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Hearing the sound of silence v. 12
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.
This is the twelfth 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…