Lent 5 : Elijah at the cave

Elijah is tired. He is part of an amazing act of God; fire from heaven, rain after drought and the slaughtering of his enemies, the false prophets. But, with one threat from Queen Jezebel he flees. It is quite a turn around. He is fed by an angel and then he walks and comes to this cave. Here he has profound meeting with God where everything that could be God isn’t. God is not in the earthquake, the fire or the wind. He is in the ‘sheer silence.’ (NRSV 1 Kings 19) This is where God presents himself as the total other. It’s an otherness of strangeness and comfort.

This piece tries to picture Elijah trying to listen through the earthquake, the wind and the fire.


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