January 9, 2020

Lynn Thrush – Bishop, Great Lakes Conference

Bible meditation: 2 Kings 6:8-23

Two probing questions in the face of fear: “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” And, “Shall I kill them, my father? Shall I kill them?”

Aram was at war with Israel. Elisha had divine insight into where Aram’s army was located, and in a rage the king of Aram sent a big force to capture Elisha. That’s when Elisha’s servant saw the enemy force and said, “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” Elisha prays for his servant’s eyes to be opened, and then the servant sees the hills full of horses and chariots of fire.

For fear of an invading enemy, guns proliferate in our country. In the state I live, Ohio, there were 81 domestic violence deaths in the 12 months prior to July 1, and 75% involved a firearm. Weapons purposed to protect from enemies killed closest relationships.

“Oh no, my Lord! What shall we do?” What do you see? Do you see the divine army around you?

Then Elisha prays that the enemy force’s eyes would be blinded, and he leads them right into the heart of Israel. Israel’s king asks Elisha, “Shall I kill them, my father? Shall I kill them?” “No,” says Elisha, “feed them,” and after a big feast, the enemy force goes home, and the warring stops.

I had a conversation with a young man in the military-industrial complex about our nation’s preparation for war. “Shall I kill them, my father? Shall I kill them?” Feed them.


Father, I choose to focus on seeing your way, not being afraid, because your armies are all around me. I choose to see enemies like you see them, and like you, I choose to feed them. Amen.