1 Kings 19:9b–21—On the lam to escape wicked Queen Jezebel, Elijah fell into despair: few people in Israel wanted to have anything to do with the Lord or His prophets, and the queen had sworn to kill him (1 Kings 19:2). In the midst of his despondency, the Lord strengthened Elijah both physical (1 Kings 19:4–9) and, in the reading for Sunday, spiritual. The Lord instructed Elijah to step out of his cave while the He showed him three tremendous displays of natural forces—a great and strong wind, an earthquake, and a fire. Then He came in patience and love, with gentleness and mercy—in a low whisper. He told Elijah that he had not been a failure; there were still seven thousand faithful in Israel. To encourage Elijah, God also gave him a threefold assignment. He was to head north and anoint the next king of Aram, who would be God’s scourge on Israel. He was also to anoint a new king over Israel, who would wipe out the dynasty of Ahab and destroy Baal worship in Israel. Finally, Elijah was to anoint the man who would succeed him as prophet. The mission of Elijah was to be continued in Elisha.
Collect for Proper 8: Lord of all power and might, author and giver of all good things, graft into our hearts the love of Your name and nourish us with all goodness that we may love and serve our neighbor; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen Collect for Wednesday of the week of Pentecost 3: O God, from whom all good proceeds, grant to us, your humble servants, that by your holy inspiration, we may thing the things that are right and by you merciful guiding accomplish them; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever Amen.  -23 June, 2022
 The Cross of Christ, copyright © Ed Riojas, Higher Things
 Collect for Proper 8, Lutheran Service Book © 2006 Concordia Publishing House, St, Louis
 Collect for Wednesday of the week of Pentecost 3, For All the Saints, A Prayer Book For and By the Church, Vol. II © 1995 The American Lutheran Publicity Bureau, Delhi, NY