I Kings 19… Elijah the refugee

 NYLTC worship, station 1

1 Kings 19:1 -3

Ahab reported to Jezebel everything that Elijah had done, including the massacre of the prophets. Jezebel immediately sent a messenger to Elijah with her threat: "The gods will get you for this and I’ll get even with you! By this time tomorrow you’ll be as dead as any one of those prophets."
When Elijah saw how things were, he ran for dear life…



We set up the gathering room as an urban desert – photocopied street maps covered the floor, along with newspaper stories of refugees. We covered large boxes with black and white enlarged photos of city buildings. A screen showed an animation of a city scape, with the words "Be still… stop running… wait" written over the top. There were bowls of sand placed around the floor, with the following words:


It’s hard to imagine Elijah’s despair.

        (though maybe not for you.
        – maybe you know it all too well:

        we all have times we run)

                He was a refugee in an enemy state.


So this is a story about Elijah, 3000 years ago

    And a story about Damir’s flee to a refugee camp in Sudan
            And Rahib’s desperate run from neo-nazi’s in England

                  And of the countless others who are running from                                 governments
                           or families
                           or violence
                           or repression

Sprinkle some sand on the map while you make a prayer for those in our world who search for a wilderness to run to.