This week’s text and commentary from Working Preacher can be found here. 

Where is God? In the busy cacophony of the day – or the quiet stillness of the night?
In the clamour of the elements – or the hush in the midst of the storm?

Elijah, caught up in what might be described as a “dark night of the soul” experience, the kind of slump that afflicts most of us more than we’d care to admit, is ministered to by angels. He finds/is led to a place where he can rest and where his physical needs are met before being affirmed in God’s call. God provides for Elijah, food, refuge, rest and anointing. This tired servant of God is reclaimed by God when he feels his life and service must surely be at their end. God speaks when Elijah is once more in a place to listen.

As we prepare to preach this text this week, some things to ponder:

  • What makes us weary in the service of God?
  • Where are the places we can seek and find refuge?
  • What noises are drowning out the still, small voice of God?
  • How is God nourishing and sustaining us?
  • Where is God’s call being renewed in us?
  • How can we be aware of our own and others’ weariness and exhaustion?
  • How might we sit with the darkness for a while?

Where are you going with this text this week and what other elements are you weaving into your worship?
Please share in the comments how your preparation is shaping up as we head towards a Sabbath.

Liz Crumlish is a Church of Scotland Minister currently working on a National Renewal Project in Scotland.  A Board Member of RevGalBlogPals, one of the instigators of Spill the Beans and contributor to There’s a Woman in the Pulpit, Liz blogs at journalling


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6 thoughts on “Narrative Lectionary (1 Kings 19:1-18)

    1. thank you for this – I love the way the differing translations come up with different ways of describing the still, small voice….going to explore that more and see if I can thread them together in a reflection to close – encouraging people to stop, be still and listen to God….


  1. After the earthquake, there was a fire—but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the soft whisper of a voice. (GN)
    a still small voice. (KJV)
    a gentle and quiet whisper.(Message)
    a sound of sheer silence(NRSV)
    there was a gentle breeze (CEV)
    there was a sound. Thin. Quiet (CEB)
    the sound of a gentle whisper (NLT)
    After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. (NIV)
    One verse, 8 translations, one God.


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