A friend of mine, who had just become a father, told me that he wasn't prepared for the tidal wave of emotions that swept over him as he held his newborn daughter for the first time: the feeling of awe after witnessing the miracle of birth; the pure, unfiltered joy; the pride; the love; the overwhelming sense of being responsible for this life; and the fear of failing her. He went on to say that he wanted to tell her that he had dreamed of her long before she was born. He wanted her to know that she was his. That he'd be there for her, no matter what, for the rest of his 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.