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2 Kings 4:18-37

Why did Gehazi run ahead
When Elisha was on the way?
It seems he’d already left
When he heard the prophet say

“Don’t walk, but run and don’t distract
It’s urgent you obey,
Place my staff on the child’s face!”
And Gehazi did not delay.

And yet, he wasn’t able
To bring the child to life
Even though he obeyed full well
He could not ease their strife

Imagine as he walked away
Seeing Elisha and woman appear
Wondering if they will ask
As they both came near

He confessed, deflatedly
“The child did not wake.”
Elisha still went to his room
And prayed for the child’s’ sake.

The methods of this revival
I’ll never understand.
Warming the boy who sneezed seven times
Was somehow in God’s plan.

But as I read the story
While my own prayers over me tower,
I pray to have Gehazi obedience
With Elisha’s Holy Spirit power.

1 Kings 17:17-24

When sickness came into the house
The mistress gave God the blame
Elijah had no desire to
See her bear such pain

He carried the boy up to his room
Perhaps a bit unsure
But certain God would hear his prayer
And know his heart was pure

He knew God was the source of life
And He was up to the task
He also knew that certain things
All you have to do is ask.

It is not a prescription for all ages
Not an equation for us today
It doesn’t mean if you stretch three times
That death will go away.

But within the mysteries of God
There are some things we know
That God is God, and death is not,
And what He says – is so.

God revealed in Jesus,
Told His disciples not to fear-
What can happen to the body,
And so it comes more clear.

The miracle of Elijah
Helping the child to revive
Pales next to God offering everyone
To be made New Creation Alive.

1 Samuel 16:1-13

How long will we mourn what wasn’t,
When God calls us toward what could be?
Samuel feared the wrath of Saul
God continues – “Obey me.”

Samuel sacrificed along with Jesse
And seven of his sons
As each one passed God let them go
For this was not the one.

Mankind sees what’s on the outside
But the Lord looks on the heart
There was an eighth son tending sheep
Who wasn’t there from the start

It hadn’t even occurred to them
To bring David inside.
It wasn’t that they actively
Were attempting him to hide.

They had assumed the obvious
God wants to use the strong
But looking back we’re reminded
Whose strength filled David’s songs

So often we mistake meekness
For humble gentle hearts
But God pushes away our excuses
Hitching His horses to our carts

For it is in our weakness
Gods light has room to shine
If you’d assumed He’d use someone else
God whispers – “now’s the time…”

Jeremiah 2:4-13

“Examine your foundations.”
God tells the families of His people.
Stop being proud that the highest tower
In your nation is the steeple.

Appearances aren’t always great
At measuring what’s inside
God has seen through every way
Adams’ children have tried to hide

God has offered living water
We’ve been created for.
We’ve turned from Him to dig larger pits
Protesting “these will help hold more!”

Hear in these words the heart of God
Whose children have gone astray.
It’s not as simple as a child
Who chooses not to obey.

It’s an entire people
Who decide not to be alive.
Even though their father has made sure
In the promised land they’d arrive

He will not force His will on them
But on their behalf He’ll speak
And becomes His Loving Word in Flesh
Found by those who seek.

Genesis 29:1-14

While Jacob was on his journey,
After having dreamed divine
Searching for a woman to marry
Where his father said he’d find

He came upon a well
Where the shepherds brought their flocks
It seemed like he had found something
In the midst of desert and the rocks

He recognized his people
The moment felt heaven sent
He kissed Rachel, & wept aloud
This is what his father had meant

When we wander on our journey
Sometimes we look around
We wonder if we are alone
As we walk on desert ground

But do not be discouraged
When you find stone-covered wells
The faithfulness of God will be
The story this moment tells

For wells can be uncovered
And you are not alone
These people are your people
And our God is on the throne.

Exodus 16:27-35

Forty years, with one menu
As the Israelites waited on God
They wandered through wilderness desert
While God slowly removed their facade

The false self they had been presenting
Of shifting allegiance like sands
Giving their loyalty to who has the power
Even after receiving commands

When God seemed aware, they would worship
When He seemed silent, they too
It may seem cruel, but over time
They learned patterns of what they should do.

Work together as a people for six days
On the seventh, they were to rest.
To stay in their homes, and take a moment
To thank God for how they’d been blessed.

Not busy themselves with production
Or finding their worth in their work
Today we have the same struggle
And feel our duties we’d shirk

Surely we should still be useful
We should do things, and serve with our time
But God still invites us to sabbath
To step down from the mountains we climb

Which is why we relive the forty
In whatever ways we may choose
To rediscover the moments of His presence
Where we’re invited to remove our shoes.

Exodus 16:9-21

There is, in our human condition
An aversion to being content
No matter what the current situation
Or resources that have been spent

When given all of the things
We’ve stated to be our desire
We know there’s more that we could’ve had
If only we’d set the bar higher

In our race to collect some assurance
We run over those who slow down
We look far beyond our own shelves and hearts
To “out there” where blessings abound.

Along the road to collection
We also feel we must protect
The things that we have collected
And so walls and borders erect

Looking back to Eve and to Adam
When given the garden to eat
The fixated on the one thing not given
And desired to grasp for that treat

A humble confession of nature
For Lent is a time for such sorrow
When given all that we need today
We too quickly ask, “but tomorrow!?”

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