Between the Lines: Epiphany 6: February 12, 2012

Text: 2 Kings 5:1-14 [15]

Now the Arameans on one of their raids had taken a young girl captive from the land of Israel, and she served Naaman’s wife.She said to her mistress, “If only my lord were with the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy.”

Enamel plaque Naaman BM

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What might be the relationship between the Israelite slave girl and Naaman that she is concerned with his healing? Is it mere altruism or compassion on the girl’s part? Pity? Pride in her heritage? Might she benefit from his healing in some way? Have hopes for release from her bondage? Is she simply being naïve—identifying with her oppressor?

When have you prayed for, cared for, or participated in the healing of someone to whom you were in bondage? What were your motivations?

Who is the slave girl inside you who suggests to an inner Naaman, the young general and master of your soul, that he go to the prophet in Samaria to be healed? What is the leprosy that ails the Naaman part of you? How might his cure set the slave girl free?

– Kathie Collins

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One response to “Between the Lines: Epiphany 6: February 12, 2012

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