Isaiah 2:1-5 Cedar Point is famous for its roller coasters. The great machines
stand high above the island amusement park, beckoning thrill-seekers
from all over the country. Entrants to the park shine with gleeful
enthusiasm as they pass beneath the gate. Schools bring busloads of
students on physics field trips or for other events, and classmates
join together as they take on the Raptor, the Millennium Force, and the
park's other coasters. Differences are forgotten as students who
normally don't associate with each other join up to be ride partners on
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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.