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Spotlight 8 20 2011

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Spotlight 8 20 2011
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By Toni Osborne,

 
What a beautiful Sabbath day to celebrate God’s women! What a blessing it is when our daughters can grow up safe and carefree. But alas this is not always the case, and what is instilled in them at a tender age determines how they will respond when faced with adversity. Take the story of the little girl who lost her freedom and her family. Robbed of everything near and dear to her, she became a captive serving the wife of Naaman, the head of the Syrian army. Even in her unfortunate situation, this little girl allowed her Godly upbringing to shine forth, and she became the catalyst for the healing and salvation of her captors.
 

 
You see Naaman was a leper. The little girl felt such compassion for him that she said to his wife, “If only my master would see the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy.” II Kings 5:3. Naaman was so impressed by her faith in the prophet’s ability to heal that he asked the king for permission to go to Samaria. When he arrived at Elisha’s door, a messenger greeted him with the message: “Go, wash yourself seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed.”vs. 10. Naaman was incensed that the prophet’s “healing” method was the muddy waters of the Jordan. The waters of Damascus were pristine and more to his liking. Why not dip in one of these waters? Naaman found himself at the crossroads of faith and doubt. Is the little captive girl right? Can the prophet heal him? He decided to take a leap of faith. Six times he dipped himself into the murky waters of the Jordan—nothing happened. The seventh time he dipped himself, “and his flesh was restored and became clean like that of a young boy.” vs. 14. Naaman received both physical and spiritual healing!

That little girl’s Godly upbringing resulted in her being a beacon of light to a family enmeshed in darkness. Berean, our children need a Godcentered, faith-based education to sustain them when the vicissitudes of life strike. Let’s continue to support Christian education by placing our love gifts in the baskets that are brought to us by the children at Offering time or in a tithe envelope (indicate the amount on the Education/ Scholarship line).