A sermon preached at Prestbury Methodist Church, Sunday, 30 June 2013.
We are confronted by choices every day. What to wear? What to eat? Well, at least I’ve sorted lunch. Peanut butter sandwiches almost every working day for 50 years. That’s one decision I don’t have to worry about. Some choices are, of course, trivial. What does it really matter what we eat? But others are life changing.
Nelson Mandela chose to run off to Johannesburg rather than be forced into an arranged marriage. It was in Johannesburg that he met Walter Sisulu and studied law. Those choices were among many significant decisions Madiba made that have brought us to this point, where his health is not just of passing interest to a few family members, but of deep personal interest to the whole world.
Think for a moment about some of the life changing choices you have made? Whether they were entirely your choice, or forced on you, what were they?
Elijah and Elisha
Our 2 Kings reading, Elijah passing on his charge to Elisha, is a difficult one. I don’t know what to make of the magical elements of the story. Of course, we often just call them miracles and ignore them. But trying to understand what they meant and mean will have to be for another time.