Clara Barton exemplified in a very physical, tangible way what Jesus meant when he said, "Do as I have done in showing your love for one another." His command and invitation to love was embodied in the work of Clara Barton, who became known during the Civil War as the "Angel of the Battlefield." Tirelessly during the war, she nursed the sick and injured, both behind the lines and also on the front lines, washing more than their feet and tending to conditions more serious than dirt on the body. Diminutive in stature, she stood tall among those she helped, often at peril to her own life.
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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.