His fever rose daily until it hit 105 degrees and finally his family took him to the hospital. After a battery of tests Douglas Maurer, age 15, was diagnosed with leukemia. It was a terrible blow to this young teenager. The physicians told him bluntly what to expect over the next three years. The chemotherapy and its side effects would be severe. He would become bald, he would constantly be ill, lose his energy, and probably his body would bloat. Naturally, he became extremely depressed and felt like giving up. An aunt contacted a local florist for an arrangement to be delivered to him.
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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.