It was a great and marvelous thing that Jesus did when he came to our earth and showed
us exactly what God is like. Now we know: God is like Jesus.
Before that, people wondered: What is God like -- really? After Jesus came, they knew:
God is merciful, yet just; God cares for us, deeply, more deeply than we can imagine; and
God longs for each of us to be in a loving relationship with him.
Then, just before Jesus ascended into heaven, when he would no longer be here on earth
in a physical body, he called us, his followers, to be "his body" in this world so that
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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.