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December 29, 2014 0 0

1 Kings 17: 8-16

Elijah and the Widow in Zarephath

8 Then the Lord said to Elijah, 9 “Now go to the town of Zarephath, near Sidon, and stay there. I have commanded a widow who lives there to feed you.” 10 So Elijah went to Zarephath, and as he came to the town gate, he saw a widow gathering firewood. “Please bring me a drink of water,” he said to her. 11 And as she was going to get it, he called out, “And please bring me some bread, too.”

12 She answered, “By the living Lord your God I swear that I don't have any bread. All I have is a handful of flour in a bowl and a bit of olive oil in a jar. I came here to gather some firewood to take back home and prepare what little I have for my son and me. That will be our last meal, and then we will starve to death.”

13 “Don't worry,” Elijah said to her. “Go on and prepare your meal. But first make a small loaf from what you have and bring it to me, and then prepare the rest for you and your son. 14 For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The bowl will not run out of flour or the jar run out of oil before the day that I, the Lord, send rain.’”

15 The widow went and did as Elijah had told her, and all of them had enough food for many days. 16 As the Lord had promised through Elijah, the bowl did not run out of flour nor did the jar run out of oil.

God, my strength, my Saviour
come save me, set me free,
God, my hope, my Deliverer
lift me up, put a new heart in me. 

Lord, I am ashamed,
I have nothing left.
All I had, I have spent
and it is gone.
How can I tell my children there is no more?
What will we eat? 
How will I pay the bills?
They have parties to go to,
and I have nothing for them to take.
I work hard to make ends meet,
but there is always more than I can cope with,
I have two jobs and no time for myself,
but still, it is not enough,
…and I am losing their love.
But I cannot ask for help
for fear I might lose them altogether.

My Child,
you have given more than most,
you have given and not expected to receive,
you have given when you had no more to give,
I am proud of you, you can stand tall.
Come rest in my arms a while and know peace.
Come take time to be loved 
and you will know that your love is the greatest gift.
Let go your fears 
seek the help you need 
and find you are not alone.