"Count the stars, if you are able," was the Lord's challenge to Abram. Abram, of course,
couldn't and for good reason. There are an estimated 100 billion stars in our galaxy, the
Milky Way. If you were to count them, aside from the problem of keeping them straight
so as not to double count or missing any, how long would it take? If you counted one star
per second, it would take you about 100 billion seconds, or about 3,000 years. Depending
on the date of Abram's life, if he started counting in Genesis 15, he would be just finished
or just finishing today. That's a long time.
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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.