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Work Another Network

“Don’t be afraid… Those who are with us are more than those who are with them. And Elisha prayed, “O Lord, open his eyes…” (2 Kings 16-17) Ahab and Jezebel voted Elisha least likely to succeed as prophet. No wonder — he neglected the basics; he neither believed in himself, nor did he ingratiate the powerful. He annoyed pagan dignitary Naaman, by keeping quietly at home, speaking only through his servant Gehazi.  Distrusting princes, (Psalm 146:3) Elisha worked another network. The old University of Chicago Divinity School library, in its last year of use when I arrived there as a student in 1980, included human-sized angels (I wanted to say life-sized, but who knows what that is?) carved in the rafters, so that…

Famine Makes Me Fat

“…you gave your people food of angels, and without their toil you supplied them from heaven with bread ready to eat, providing every pleasure and suited to every taste.” (Wisdom of Solomon 16:20) Wow! A chocolate malt and Superdog from B&G Milkway in Sioux Falls, SD? Every day? Three times a day? A famine like that would make me fat(ter). The angel brought Elijah this food when he asked God to kill him. One meal lasted forty days – talk about calories. The prophet’s widow who sought Elisha (2 Kings 4:1-7) got angel oil. Her husband had died, leaving her with debts, and creditors on the way to turn her two sons into slaves. Behind her report we can almost hear her…