So Elisha died, and he was buried.
Sometimes Moabite raiding parties used to come into the land each spring. Now it happened once that while a man was being buried, the people at the funeral suddenly saw a raiding party. They threw the body into Elisha’s tomb and ran off. When the body touched Elisha’s bones, the man came to life and stood up on his feet! -2 Kings 13:20,21
After Elisha died, his bones were still so full of life that another dead person came into contact with him and was resurrected. How about that! The way this story is told it gives the impression of being a sort of legend about Elisha, similar to stories we might tell about Davy Crockett at the Alamo. Elisha achieved bigger-than-life status, and even after his death, was affecting people.
But that doesn’t really seem all that far fetched now does it? People can affect us deeply long after they are gone. Very few of us think about what legacy we will leave. Lent is a time for acknowledging that our death will come, and that we are wholly dependent on God in this life and the next. How will you live now so that when you die, people still gain life from you? Will you arrange your finances to give? Will you preserve memories for your friends and family in journals? Most of all, will you love intentionally now so that memories of you will bring new life to those who recall you?
O God, thank you for people with life’s power in their bones. Help me to receive all you have for me so I can live to bring life to others. Through Christ I pray, Amen.
Contact the spouse of someone who has died. Tell them a fond memory you have of their loved one. This could be more helpful than you know.
Tell your children about a relative they never knew. Show a picture, and tell them something your family has gained because of their life.