It is easy to lose sight of what really matters in a world filled with conflict, wars and opinion surveys. Abstract things like freedom, wealth and power are important to us but to God it is people.
In the midst of great tumult comes the story of a woman from Shunem whose promised son dies unexpectedly (2 Kings 4.8-36). It’s a story that is sadly all too familiar for far too many families today. But the prophet Elisha comes and heals the boy … on the Sabbath.
What are we to make of this story? Many Christians focus on the mother’s great faith. But this leaves far too many faithful people finding that their faith goes cold when their pleas and prayers remain unanswered. I wonder if the story actually connects better with the consistent theme for God that plays throughout the prophets – justice, mercy, humility.
Why not come along and find out more when Basement meets at 10am for coffee?