In this way, God provided an inheritance for the prophet's family.
"Then he said, “Go, borrow vessels from everywhere, from all your neighbors—empty vessels; do not gather just a few. And when you have come in, you shall shut the door behind you and your sons; then pour it into all those vessels, and set aside the full ones.” 2 Kings 4:3-4
A prophet's widow and two sons we destitute. Though the prophet was a righteous man, or more likely because he was righteous, his family was left with an unmanageable debt. The two sons were to be forced into slavery and the widow would perish in poverty. So she pleaded with Elisha the prophet--the mentor of her deceased husband--is there anything you can do to help?
Inspired by God, Elisha responded. Gather empty vessels and pour what little you have into them. Don't stop pouring until every vessel you can find is filled, he said. Pour out from your emptiness, your poverty, your nothingness, your insufficiency, and don't stop pouring.
2 Corinthians 4:7 says "But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us." We are all empty vessels, longing to be filled with the oil of the Holy Spirit. But like the oil in this story, the overflow of the Holy Spirit only continues as long as it is poured out into other empty vessels.
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You are what you do, repeatedly.
How does the traditional Christian liturgy affect our brains? "You are what you repeat," according to Cloe McLaughlin, who studies Christian worship at Indiana Weslyan University. Repetition and meditation have been a part of Christian liturgy since the birth of the Church. It can be found in the Psalms and Proverbs, and continues even today as an important teaching tool. We become "transformed by the renewing of our minds" through the ritual repetition of the prayers and actions of the liturgy.
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