One day, Gandhi stepped aboard a train as it started to move, and one of his shoes slipped
off and dropped onto the tracks. Unable to retrieve it, he calmly took off his other shoe
and threw it back along the track to land close to the first. When an amazed passenger
asked why he had done that, Gandhi smiled and said, "The poor man who finds the shoe
lying on the track will now have a pair he can use."
With the eyes of his imagination, Gandhi saw a man with bare feet, saw him coming
across a lone shoe and desperately searching for the other, and saw the disappointment on
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Note: This article was originally published in 2010.
I'm sure you've heard it many times, just as I have. Grieving friends and family members at the funeral, comforting themselves and one another with phrases like "the Lord took him."
I remember particularly one case fifteen years ago that genuinely troubled me. The widow and her daughter were both crying, but they found solace in the thought that the Lord had taken their husband and father.
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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.