Her family and friends keep pressuring her to quit smoking, but Cynthia can't bring herself to do it. She goes with a friend to the drug store and looks at the different aids to quit: the nicotine gum, nicotine patches, even electronic cigarettes that provide nicotine without the carcinogens. But there is just something about holding a cigarette in her fingers, the calming sensation of smoke in her throat, the heat of the lighter and the soothing drug that Cynthia can't get out of her mind. She knows that quitting is the right thing to do, but she doesn't want 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.