Ray Bradbury's short story, All Summer in a Day, deals with the fictional human colonization of Venus, where it rains all day, every day. The story takes place in a class of nine-year-olds, most of whom can't even remember what it is like to see the sun. Only one child, Margot, has any recollection of her life on Earth, and clings to her memories of the sun. Because of her preoccupation with Earth and the sun, she is teased and ostracized by her classmates. They go so far as to lock her in a closet as a prank. But suddenly, sunlight breaks through the cloudy sky!
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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.