A popular reality television show known as The Voice reveals that even though the music industry has changed over the years, there is no shortage of wonderful voices that bring beauty to the world. Particular methods of delivering beautiful music come and go. Remember 8-track tapes and cassettes (maybe you still have some in your basement or attic--if you still don't know what they are, ask your grandparents)? CD's and albums are still used, but people are not dependent on these music delivery systems to play their favorite songs. Satellite radio enjoyed a relatively brief surge. Internet radio services such as Pandora, Spotify, and mp3 file sales are the choices of newer generations of taking in the words of a great voice.
In the wake of decline in some congregation and churches, some act as though God's voice in the world is dependent on the particular way God's voice is shared through that church or congregation. What may feel like a loss at the time, a congregation or church can experience renewal if it recognizes that God will always provide the voice. God always provides the labor. God always provides the music.
In this story from 2 Kings, what feels like a wake in the departure of a beloved voice of God in Elijah, God provides another voice. God will not fail to provide the voice. The question becomes, will we welcome a new voice to share the faithful message of God's love?