"As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind. 12 Elisha saw this and cried out, “My father! My father! The chariots and horsemen of Israel!” And Elisha saw him no more. Then he took hold of his garment and tore it in two." 2 Kings 2 11:12
"Speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord." Eph 5:19
Have you ever had a song that lingered in your mind? The song almost haunts you - you may be humming it or find yourself singing along to it through your day? An earworm.
I have had one in my head today, “Swing Low Sweet Chariot”. Today, I was drawn to read more. This song was first created by Wallace Willis, a Choctaw Freedman (old Indian Territory Est 1865). Growing up, I was told it was an African-American spiritual talking of escape via the underground railway.
Some of you may already be aware but… this song speaks of the prophet Elijah. Elijah’s leaving this earth by means of heavenly chariot.
How amazing it must have been to be Elisha watching Elijah’s departure in a fiery chariot drawn by horses of fire?
Lord, let us not be scared of the uncertain, or fear the certain (your next coming and our departure from this world).
Let us ever praise you in reading scripture, in prayer for one another, in preaching truth to one another, admonishing in love one another who have gone astray and praise you with song. Much like my earworm reminded me today - worship and prayer have many different forms but only one intended receiver. Thank you Lord for loving us and leading us to life with you eternally.