Some time ago I paid a good price for a rosebush to be placed on our patio. At the time of the purchase, it had several beautiful pink roses which were a delight to my Barbara. Since that time there have been no roses. Every day it does not rain I water it. It gets sun the entire day. Every month I give it rose food according to directions on the box. The bush appears healthy. The leaves are green. Fresh shoots are plentiful. The only problem is - no roses! We want roses. We bought the plant to have roses. What good is the bush if it will not produce roses?
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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.