God of each new day, Thank you for every good gift.
Help me to see you crafting beauty around every corner.
Guide me to wonder and work with you there. Amen.
2 Kings 5.1-14 selected verses
Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Aram, was a great man
and in high favor with his master, because by him the Lord had given
victory to Aram. The man, though a mighty warrior, suffered from
leprosy. 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."
Elisha the man of God sent a message to the king, "Let him come to me, that he may learn that there is a prophet in Israel." So Naaman came with his horses and chariots, and halted at the entrance of Elisha's house. Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, "Go, wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored and you shall be clean."
But Naaman became angry and went away, saying, "I thought that for me he would surely come out, and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, and would wave his hand over the spot, and cure the leprosy! Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them, and be clean?"
He turned and went away in a rage. But his servants approached and said to him, "Father, if the prophet had commanded you to do something difficult, would you not have done it? How much more, when
all he said to you was, 'Wash, and be clean'?" So he went down and
immersed himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God; his flesh was restored like the flesh of a young boy, and he was clean.
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