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Monday, January 12, 2015
Bonus Reading, 1 Kings
The Prophet Elijah Resurrects a Widow's Son
Today's reading tells a rather odd story of multiple miracles attributed to the prophet Elijah. Evidently, in his travels, Elijah encountered a widow during a drought, and he convinced her to offer him food and drink. The widow had planned to prepare a final meal using the last of their supplies, and then die with her son. Instead, after feeding Elijah, her meager store of grain and oil lasts throughout the drought and famine. However, at one point the widow's son became ill and died, which led her to question why God had not allowed the boy to die when she had planned. After complaining to Elijah, the prophet comes to the house and prays for her son's life, and the boy is brought back to life.