John was furious! "Jane, how could you have done this?" Jane was mortified. It had been so easy to use the credit card when she went to the casino and she was having such fun. Now, the reality came crashing down with the monthly statement: $1,500 in gambling with nothing to show for it. "That was to be Kim's down payment on tuition next year," John reminded her. Jane sobbed out her words, "I'm so sorry. I will never let that happen again. Can we forget it ever happened? Will you forgive me, John?" "I will forgive you, Jane, because I love you deeply.
UPCOMING WEEKS In addition to the lectionary resources there are thousands of non-lectionary, scripture based resources...
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.