Wednesday, October 15, 2014
When the child was older, he went out one day to his father among the reapers. He complained to his father, “Oh, my head, my head!” The father said to his servant, “Carry him to his mother.” He carried him and brought him to his mother; the child sat on her lap until noon, and he died. 2 Kings 4:18-20 NRSV
On the news nearly every night we see the casualties of war. When those pictures capture the faces of dead and wounded children, I cry.
Elijah had declared that the Shunammite woman would have a son; a child she cherished for each day of his life. On the day he died in her arms he had been cherished and cared for since the day Elijah had surprised her with his prophecy.
Today the mothers and fathers of the children wounded or killed in the tragedies of war or from gun violence in our own communities love and cherish their children very much. Let us cherish all children and work to find paths to a more peaceful world.
Lord, let us be instruments of peace in this world. Help us be determined in our efforts to shelter and cherish all of our children. Amen.
Rev. Robin Spurling
First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)Carthage, Illinois