I Kings 19:1-15a – The 5th Sunday after Pentecost â€“ for Sunday, June 19, 2016
â€œAnd after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice . . .â€ (I Kings 19:12)
As a baby boomer raised in the burgeoning California suburbs, I first heard about the â€œstill small voice of Godâ€ at the Baptist church we attended.
It didnâ€™t matter to me that the Revised Standard Version (RSV) tucked in the pews and clutched in the hands of the Sunday school teachers mirroredâ€”word for wordâ€”the renowned King James Versionâ€™s (KJV) translation of I Kings 19:12. Both read . . .
And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.
Why should I care what God muttered or what old Elijah heard?
I cared more about the crack of the bat and the ball plopping on a leather glove during the thousands of baseball games I played.
I cared about Momâ€™s voice announcing dinner.
I caredâ€”and trembledâ€”when hearing, â€œLawrence George Patten, please come here.â€ Whenever the benevolent dictators known as my parents spoke all my names, the future was bleak. Sometimes I knew what Iâ€™d done wrong and sometimes not, but there was misery in every one of my steps to judgment.
I cared about the theme from Bonanza since it meant I was allowed to stay up an hour later, even though the next day was a school day.
A little older, and I started caring about how a girl giggled. What if she liked me? What if she, with her sweet voice, might someday want toâ€”gulpâ€”hold my hand? Continue reading →