Dearly Beloved, Grace and Peace to you.                    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.”                   —2 Kings 2.9

You who yearn for your master’s spirit, have you forgotten, it was already given to you? Remember, you were plowing, doing your work, and a prophet threw their mantle over you. You already have the power to do what you must do. There will be times of whirlwind, times of loss and chaos, times when your leader and guide is taken up in a chariot of fire —  but you still have the mantle. You will strike the Jordan and it will part. You will carry on the work of the prophet, the work of Exodus, the work of justice. In your own way you will do it; you have been given your gifts, not another’s, not even a great leader’s. Look within. What bears the fruit of love, joy and peace, of patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control? Whatever in you bears this fruit, nourish its roots and trust it. Wear the mantle. Do the work. Chariots of fire can’t take it from you. Wear the mantle.

          Deep Blessings, Pastor Steve

__________________ Steve Garnaas-Holmes Unfolding Light

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