Elisha, the Man of God

Travis West

READ : 1 Kings 19:15-21 Anoint Elisha . . . as prophet in your place. (v. 16 NRSV) The cycle of stories dedicated to the prophet Elisha in the opening chapters of 2 Kings is fascinating. Every story is full of meaning, nuance, and paradox; each one reveals something profound about God’s power, purposes, and presence in this world he so deeply loves. The cycle, taken as a whole, stands as a testimony to the truth that Abraham Joshua Heschel …

Seasonal Fruit

Travis West

READ : Psalm 1 . . . that yields its fruit in its season. (v. 3) We live in the era of large supermarkets and complex logistics. Immediately upon entering one of these stores we are overwhelmed by the impression that every fruit and vegetable known to man is available at all times, regardless of geography or season. The produce section features “fresh” tomatoes year round. But the truth of the matter is that tomatoes only grow in warm climates …

A Different Kind of Meditation

Travis West

READ : Psalm 1; 119:97-104 . . . on his law he meditates day and night. (v. 2) My mother-in-law has a small dog named Madgie—”the gift of the Magi,” I like to call her. My mother-in-law is an incredible cook, and lives by herself, so Madgie often benefits from the leftovers. When Madgie eats, her entire body convulses as she shovels the food down. She can't get it fast enough. You can hear her tongue and teeth working the …

Say No to Say Yes

Travis West

READ : Psalm 1; 16:1-4 Happy are those who do not . . . (Ps. 1:1 NRSV) More than two thousand years ago the Chinese philosopher Mencius said, “Before a man can do things there must be things he will not do.” It's almost as if Mencius was meditating on Psalm 1, for he understood the psalm's inner logic. Verse 1 pictures a deepening acceptance of the ways of the world—starting with a brisk walk in the wicked's advice and …