The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to
This scene recalls a similar one from Kings. A little boy died
and Elijah placed his hands and eyes and mouth upon him
and then the boy sat up in bed and sneezed. “Take your son,”
Elijah said to the boy’s mother. Today it is almost the same.
We know a bit more about the mother, that she was
widowed, had only one son who had died, and was bitterly
weeping. But after Jesus put his hand on her son’s coffin, “the
dead man sat up and began to speak,” and just as Elijah had
done, Jesus gave the man to his mother. Our hope is not that
the risen will be merely swept off to eternity but that
someday they’ll be delivered back into our arms.
1 Timothy 3:1–13
Daily Inspirations are excerpted from 2017: A Book of Grace-Filled Days by Amy Andrews ©2016 Loyola Press. All Rights Reserved.
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