In this story, a Shunamite widow and her son leave their home to avoid a famine. Upon her return 7 years later, she finds herself at risk of homelessness (the circumstances around her home and land are not explained) and she must go to the King for a decision. Fortunately, the King restores everything that belonged to her, but it might not have turned out so well without her relationship to Elisha, the prophet.
Questions for Reflection:
- How do you think the outcome of the story would have been different if Elisha hadn’t been involved?
- Who would become more vulnerable to displacement or housing insecurity without your involvement?
- Do you or your faith community have a connection to the King that has power over housing in your community?
- If not, how can you build a connection to better protect those who are risk of losing their homes?
There is no devotional for Sunday, February 21.