Friday, June 16, 2006

Elijah's whisper

Great reading this morning. Elijah on Horeb (Sinai), hiding from Jezebel and Ahaz, the last surviving prophet of the LORD. And the message: Go outside, because the LORD will be passing by. Tornado. Earthquake. Fire. (Hey, didn't Elijah himself call down God's presence in the form of fire to defeat the 400 prophets of Baal, just two short readings ago?) But the Lord was not in any of these attention-getting signs.  Then the tiny whispering sound.
"Truly you are a hidden God," Isaiah wrote. We have to be very silent and still to notice. The presence of God in a tiny whispering sound. The presence of God in a tasteless wafer.

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