After the US-lead invasion of Iraq, thousands of doctors fled that country due to killings and kidnapping of doctors. It is estimated that over 600 medical personnel, including over 130 doctors, had been killed since 2003. The health-care system was left in ruin, with only 16,000 workers in a system requiring up to 100,000 workers. But as security is slowly improving, doctors are beginning to return from exile. By August of 2008, it was estimated that of the 8,000 doctors who fled, about 650 had returned with more returning each month. That certainly is good news.
UPCOMING WEEKS In addition to the lectionary resources there are thousands of non-lectionary, scripture based resources...
I have just recently returned from an out-of-town trip, and as I read our selected passages for this week, I find myself reminded of the days leading up to that trip. With a few exceptions, most of the traveling that you and I do is known in advance and planned. And therefore the days leading up to our departure are filled with deliberate preparations.
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2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14 In an economy like ours that values flexibility, experience and loyalty matter less and less (Alan Wolfe, Moral Freedom: The Search for Virtue in World of Choice, pp.23ff .). The loyalty to legacy is what this story of Elijah and Elisha’s loyalty to the former’s prophetic legacy is all about.
Faith involves this kind of loyalty to roots. What Pope Paul VI once said about the liturgy could be applied to Christian life in general:
I think that we are in a battle for the soul of the church. I'm not just talking about my Presbyterian denomination, although it certainly has its problems. I'm suggesting that we are in a battle for the soul of the whole church in our time.