Magazine article Sojourners Magazine

'Your Son Is Alive'

Magazine article Sojourners Magazine

'Your Son Is Alive'

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1 Kings 17:17-24; Psalm 146; Galatians 1:11-24; Luke 7; 11-17

BIBLICAL FAITH ATTESTS that God, creator of the world, is the giver of life, even in a world of deathliness. While that claim is pervasive in faith, it is rooted in specific, nameable moments when God's power for life was particularly concentrated and effective in contexts of death. In these readings, we have two such specific moments. Elijah is presented as the one who gave life to the widow's son: He prayed, and then declared to the mother, "See, your son is alive" (1 Kings 17:23). In a reprise of that narrative, Jesus commanded the widow's only son, "Young man, I say to you, rise!" (Luke 7:14). In neither case does the narrative explain nor speculate. It only bears witness. It asserts that God has moved powerfully beyond all of our categories to offer new life. In these moments, the creator enacts the new creation.

From that, the church echoes Israel in doxology concerning the God who gives new life to prisoners, the blind, the bowed down, strangers, orphans, and widows (Psalm 146:8-9). …

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