This is the final week in a six-week series called Returning to the Promise. Today is All Saints Sunday. This is usually a difficult day in the church year when we remember those who have died this past year. It is also a celebration of their lives, their faith, and how they loved us and we loved them. It is a beautiful and holy day. That’s what is really at the heart of today’s scripture and the story of the Prophet Elijah. There is this hope that all that is broken will indeed be restored. At this moment in time, we can relate to the widow in the story. Feeling alone, just trying to survive each day, hopeless, waiting for the day, the week, the year to just end. Maybe you can relate to that today. Or maybe there was a time in your life when you felt like that.
"Returning to the Promise" is a seven-week series based on stories from the Old Testament. Often, we are told that the Old Testament is full of judgement, wrath, and anger. But the Old Testament describes the very character of a loving God who continues to return to the faithful promise of unconditional and ongoing love for all of creation. It is why we first ground ourselves in "God is love" from 1 John 4.