"Spring is sprung, the grass is riz, I wonder where the birdies is," goes a couplet most of
us learned in childhood. In this passage, the flowers and vines bloom, the fig tree buds,
and the sound of the turtledove is again heard in the land. Spring rightly is called "The
Queen of Seasons," and in springtime, as Tennyson put it, "a young man's fancy lightly
turns to thoughts of love." Scripture celebrates not only the joys of nature but also
natural, healthy attraction and affection between a man and a woman. As believers so
should we -- and not just in springtime, but all year.
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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.