The pastor noticed a middle-aged man kneeling near the altar following his first Sunday
at a new church. People coming through the welcoming line told him that he should
speak with Ray who obviously was broken up about something.
After everyone had left, the pastor asked if there was anything he could do to help. Ray
stated that he knew that God did not love him. He then shared the burden he had carried
his entire life: how his mother was not married when he was born nearly fifty years ago;
how the children at school called him names; and how he always felt that he did not
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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.