By Nanette Sawyer
Old Testament Reading: 1 Kings 19:1-4, (5-7), 8-15a
For Sunday, June 23, 2013: Year C—Ordinary 12
When we get right down to it, Elijah is a murderer, and we need to think long and hard about this fact. What are the implications of this element of Elijah’s life? How might this story guide us in our own lives as Christians?
I would much rather focus my reflection on the “still small voice” in this story, because my romanticization of it is so comforting. As a contemplative soul, I love the idea that we can encounter God in “sheer silence” as the NRSV translates this phrase. The “still small voice” is the King James translation.
I have many times referenced this phrase when inviting people to look for God in quiet reflection. But this story is so much more complicated than a tale of meditation. [Read more...]