Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Last Sunday we read one of the most amazing stories from the Old Testament (2 Kings 2:1-12). It was story about Elijah being taken up into heaven in a chariot of fire. This reading has inspired popular culture and countess pieces of art. The amazing image of Elijah safely riding a chariot of fire up in the sky dominates the reading, but the conversation and relationship between Elijah and Elisha is also worth noting and reflecting upon. At the time, Elijah is and has been the main prophet for Israel. However, his time is coming to an end and it is time for his successor, Elisha, to emerge as the new leader. Big shoes to fill! I can only image all the thoughts and emotions going through Elisha’s mind.
Throughout today’s Old Testament reading, I see God at work. God is the one leading this whole transition period between Elijah and Elisha. I see God taking charge of the present and future. The fact that Elisha is allowed to witness the chariot of fire means that God has approved of him and placed him in the new leadership position. This tells me that God builds up and places leaders for the next generation.
Last Sunday, we recognized and commissioned the newest members of the church council. Our congregation is very blessed to have such a wonderful group of people to lead and guide the congregation into the future. Just like the story from 2 Kings, I believe that God has been and continues to lead our congregation especially during times of transition. Just like the bible story, there are some big shoes to fill for the most recent members of the church council, but I am confident to say that God has built you up and specifically placed you in this leadership position. Also, just like Elisha, God will always be with you going forward and God will bestow upon you amazing gifts and abilities. This is an exciting time for the congregation. There are transitions happening in our daily lives, in our state and country and world in general. I feel very blessed to be your pastor and to see where God will take us next.
Faithfully yours ~Pastor Erik