December 12, 2017
Posted: December 12, 2017
A Devotion for Your Day
by Ali Hohertz
2 Kings 2:9
"When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, 'Tell me what I may do for you, before I am taken from you.' Elisha said, 'Please let me inherit a double share of your spirit.'"
On a rainy Saturday in October, I had the best day of my life thus far. I stood in a barn with my best friend, and surrounded by friends and family, we said our vows and were pronounced husband and wife. One of the most amazing parts of a wedding is looking out and seeing all the people who love you. The childhood friends who you haven't seen in over 4 years, the aunts and uncles who drove in from out of state, the co-workers you see every day, and the people who have known you since the moment you were born: your mom and dad, your brothers and sisters. They were all there. All except for one.
My husband's mother was not at our wedding. She passed away after her fight with ovarian cancer, just three short years ago. I have never met my would-be mother-in-law, as my husband and I started dating just a few months after she passed. I have never met her, yet, I feel as though I know her. My husband, Henry, is one of the most loving people I've ever met. He is open-hearted and open-minded, positive and fun-loving, and a joy to be around. From what I understand, so was his mother. Her love and her spirit lives on through him, and because of that, I've gotten the chance to get to know her.
After Elijah was taken up to heaven in a chariot of fire (talk about a dramatic way to go!), his spirit lived on through his friend and student, Elisha. Elisha continued the work that Elijah began. Elijah may have perished, but his spirit and his purpose did not. His legacy continued to influence Israel for many years to come.
Of course there is great pain and sadness in losing someone we love. But Jesus showed us that there can be life after death. We carry those we love in our hearts even after they're gone, and in that way, we invite others to know them too. I know Henry's mother through the love that Henry gives to me and to others. My prayer is that in a similar way, through my own words and actions, I can show others the love of the living Christ.
Dear God, we thank you for the gift of everlasting life through your son, Jesus Christ. Help us to remember Him and others we have lost, by living a life full of love for others. Amen.
Ali Hohertz serves in Children's Ministry, working with children in first through third grades.
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