Good morning, boys and girls. How many of you like to go swimming? (wait for a show of hands) Swimming is really fun. Sometimes you swim in a pool indoor;, sometimes the pool is outdoors. Some of you swim in a small lake, some in a large lake, and some in the ocean. There are lots of places to swim. How many of you like to jump off a diving board or raft? (wait for a show of hands) Some of you do. Do you remember the very first time you jumped off all by yourself without a life jacket? (let them answer) How many of you were scared?
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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.