by Melodius Monk      

“Your servant has nothing in the house, except a jar of oil” said the widow to Elisha.  And so the miraculous story goes from 2nd Kings. “Go outside, borrow vessels from all your neighbors, empty vessels and not just a few.” (NRSV)  This story caught my attention this week. I wasn’t sure why, so I read it several times over, writing down my wandering thoughts hoping to understand what God might be teaching me.

I don’t like being an empty vessel. I’m a prideful person, scared of anything I don’t know, yet determined to figure it out. If I can avoid relying on help, great.

The widow borrowed empty vessels, not full. She was given a strange instruction, one I’m not sure I would have followed.  I might ask the neighbors for some oil, or some money, but not an empty jar. I’d want a full jar, at least partly full.

The widow made her need known, she cried out for help.  Next she offered what she had, and God responded abundantly to her faithfulness. 

Where can I stand, empty, today, putting faith in my need for help?



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About Melodius Monk

I'm 30 years old, and I grew up at the Community of Jesus. My parents moved from Ohio to live at the Community two years before I was born, so with the exception of a few years at college, I’ve lived in the Community my whole life. I became a Novice Brother in 2003, and made my profession as a brother in 2005. Currently I have a pretty varied life as a brother. In addition to daily responsibilities in our liturgies, I cook, sing, play trumpet, and am responsible for various cleaning and maintenance needs in the church building (my favorite jobs is changing the light bulbs at 45 feet!) I also arrange transportation for brothers to various appointments, work on repairing musical instruments, clean the barn, give tours of the church, make the weekly food menu for the Friary, and help out with various other needs as they arise around the Community. Growing up, I was not particularly interested in the religious life, but I met Jesus at an inter-varsity fellowship meeting my second year in college, and that re-directed my life drastically. I feel very fortunate to have found my life’s calling, and the hope for more wholeness is what keeps me on my monastic journey on difficult days.

One thought on “Elisha

  1. Second Kings 2 tells about Elisha and the boys who were calling him “baldy”. Note how God views His anointed. He is serious about it.
    Thank you for using Scripture as the base for your thoughts today.

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