Dear Church Family,
As we head into Memorial Day weekend, here is a scripture from portions of 2 Kings 2: -13
“When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, ‘Tell me what I may do for you, before I am taken from you’ Elisha said, ‘Please let me inherit a double share of your spirit.’…As they continued walking and talking, a chariot of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them, and Elijah ascended in a whirlwind into heaven…Elisha picked up the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan.”
This is quite a moving story in scripture. Elijah has taken on young Elisha as a mentor and guide. They have done everything together. Earlier in chapter 2 Elijah tries to leave Elisha behind a couple of times and each time Elisha has refused to be parted, saying, “As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” Now, however, they have to separate and Elisha cannot stop their farewell. When he knows their time is short, Elijah offers Elisha anything he wants and what, it turns out, he wants is “a double share” of Elijah’s spirit. He wants a double share of all that made Elijah strong and faithful and so important to his young student.
When we remember those we have lost, those whose farewell we could not stop, there are so many who ignite this same request in us: O Lord, give me a double share of their Spirit. We ask for a double share of our mother’s patience or a double share of our grandfather’s wisdom. My prayer for each of us on this Memorial weekend is that we will receive the double share we need so that we can pick up the mantle that has been passed to us. What greater tribute and memorial could we offer to those who have guided and mentored us, other than to continue the good work they began?
Prayer: O Lord, I pray for a double share today. Send me a double share of the courage and grace and perseverance you showed me in those I have loved and lost. Help me to carry the mantle of your good work forward in my own life. In your name I pray. Amen.
Peace of Christ be with you all,