July 7 – Audacious Words

Fireworks

This week the United States of America celebrates the audacity of a few people to dare to bring forth on this continent a new nation “deriving its just powers from the consent of the governed … to effect their safety and happiness.” (Declaration of Independence, July 1776)

The Old Testament lesson for this Sunday begins with the words of the least of the least, a slave girl.

She said to her mistress,
“If only my lord were with the prophet who is in Samaria!
He would cure him of his leprosy.”

2 Kings 5:3

Her brief statement of trust that the word of the LORD was active in Elisha initiates the action of this story. The much longer Declaration of Independence initiated the action of the grand story of the United States of America.

How might we audaciously speak and demonstrate our faith in the power of the Lord Jesus Christ to work in and through all people?

I will have more to say about 2 Kings 5:1-15 at Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, July 7th.
Robert Shaw, Pastor

A Tip for Parents

When Jesus sent his disciples out to every town where he would go, he told them that as soon as they entered a house they should say: “God bless this house with peace.” Ask your child how they might feel if a guest offered that blessing to your home. Then ask how a friend might feel if your child were to bless their friend’s home.