Proper 5 (10)
1 Kings 17:8-16, (17-24) or I Kings 17:17-24
Psalm 46 or Psalm 30
Our gracious, eternal God, we bow today having heard an event which creates for us a great mystery. Our minds cannot get around what happened that day in Nain when Jesus returned an only son to his mother. We can only bow and wonder about this Jesus.
• We wonder about what kind of power he had.
• We wonder about why he chose this particular woman among all others who needed his attention.
• We wonder about the depth of his compassion for our sorrows and how you must love us with a healing love.
• We wonder about those carrying the boy who were stopped in their tracks when Jesus came forward.
Our questioning minds can only wonder. They cannot get around such a powerful happening. We can, however, thank you for the compassion you have for all who bear grief. We can identify with this sorrowing woman. We can also identify with the boy for we are in need figuratively of arising from all that is dead in our lives.
• We are in need of arising from the slumber of lethargy about our faith.
• We are in need of arising from the slumber of insensitivity to human need throughout the earth.
• We are in need of arising from the slumber of prejudice, discrimination and racism which has so long infected our land.
• We are in need of arising from the slumber of failing to work for peace.
• We are in need of arising from the slumber of sloth and neglect of the great commission.
O God, help us to arise. Touch us that we may arise to life. Amen