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The Rev. John Gunn

Universal Brotherhood

The Rev. John Gunn (other)

This episode of Be Still and Know delves into war and the mistaken notions of protection and insurance from attack that armament can provide. The Rev. John R. Gunn writes, "In times past, fearsome weapons have never deterred man from going to war. We shall have to look for peace in another direction; to the Prince of Peace whose birth was heralded by the Angels saying, Glory to God in the highest and on Earth, peace, goodwill toward men."

The Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad

What the Mighty Might Learn

2 Kings 5:1-14

Sixth Sunday After the Epiphany

February 16, 2003

The Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad (ELCA)

Who's in this story? There's Naaman, the great warrior. There are two kings, one who was so upset that he tore his clothes. There's Elisha, the man of God. He was probably a bit of a wild man like his mentor Elijah.

Who did I leave out? Naaman's wife, but she doesn't even have a speaking part, and the servants. Without the servants, there'd be no story, no cure, no happy ending. Nothing remembered. And this story was remembered through the centuries. Jesus knew this story was so familiar that he could refer to it when he preached his first sermon in his hometown of Nazareth. "Now there were many lepers in Israel at the time of the prophet Elisha," Jesus said, "but none of them was cleansed except Naaman, the Syrian." Jesus didn't mention the servants, but he wouldn't have known the story without them.

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