If we are not going to deny our children the darker side of life, we owe it to them to show
them that there is also this wild brilliance, this light of the sun: although we cannot look
at it directly, it is nevertheless by the light of the sun that we see. If we are to turn toward
the sunlight, we must also turn away from the cult of the common man and return to the
uncommon man, to the hero. We all need heroes, and here again, we can learn from the
child's acceptance of the fact that he needs someone beyond himself to look up to.
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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.