When I was in China a few years ago, I asked one of our tour guides what most Chinese
people ate for breakfast. I was surprised when he answered, "Cookies."
Now maybe we're catching up with them. Recently on television here in America, I saw
an ad for boxes of breakfast cookies. In our Exodus text for today, as the Israelites are
wandering through the wilderness on their way to the promised land, the Lord gives them
something similar for their first meal of the day.
Every morning when they wake up, on the ground the Israelites find this amazing, new
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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.