God promises to blow against the people of God like a desert wind. One desert wind that
blows across Palestine is the samum or simoom wind. This dry, dust-filled wind can
bring heats that exceed 54º C (131º F) and have a humidity lower than 10%. Samums are
caused by intense ground heat under cloudless skies. They blow in a circular or cyclone
formation, and the sudden onset of a samum can cause heatstroke because they heat the
body quicker than its perspiration can cool it. Little wonder these winds are called
samum, which means poison wind. Was this the wind God would bring against
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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.