She doesn't ask for a son, but Elisha says she will be blessed with one.
She conceives and bears a son.
The son grows older, becomes ill, then dies.
The mother goes to Elisha, at wits end because she didn't ask for this son, was given the son, and then he is taken from her.
Elisha returns to her home and the boy lives again.
- do I preach on the power of her faith in the healing power of Elisha? maybe.
- do I preach on how angry she is that God gives and then God takes away? maybe.
- do I preach on how wonderful Elisha is in that he not only "gives" her a child once, but does so a second time through a resurrection miracle? maybe.
- do I go right to the gospel and talk about the importance of self-care after caretaking!? - or is that of caretaking immediately after being cared for!?
So this is why preaching every Sunday is challenging. . . Thoughts anyone? Other directions?