My dear friends and family,
The Lord opened their eyes, and they saw that they were in the middle of Samaria. 21 When the king of Israel saw them, he asked Elisha, “Should I strike them down, my master?” 22 He replied, “Do not strike them down! You did not capture them with your sword or bow, so what gives you the right to strike them down? Give them some food and water, so they can eat and drink and then go back to their master.” 23 So he threw a big banquet for them and they ate and drank. Then he sent them back to their master. After that no Syrian raiding parties again invaded the land of Israel.
I love this story. It is such a hopeful episode in an otherwise fraught and discouraging saga of Israel’s further wanderings in a desert of lost identity. And now I see that it is a picture of what we can pray for. And this is why I am writing to you. To invite you to join me to pray for another way.