I remember once as a kid, my family went to the West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton, Alberta. This is the largest mall in North America, even eclipsing the Mall of America in Minnesota and the King of Prussia Mall in Pennsylvania. Well, I don't remember all the details now, but I do remember being mad about something my mother said (she probably told me I couldn't do something) and I walked off in anger. What followed was, according to my mother, one of the most harrowing experiences she's ever had. Here she was, in the largest mall on the continent, and she couldn't find her son.
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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.