Many people have probably heard the story of Horatio Spafford. In 1873, he had planned to travel to Europe with his family, but because of business-related delays he sent his family ahead and planned to meet them later. However, the boat on which his family was traveling, the SS Ville du Havre, collided with another ship at sea and sank, killing 226 of the 313 passengers on board, including all four of Spafford's daughters. Only his wife survived. As he rushed onto the next ship to meet his wife, he was informed at one point that they were passing the spot where his daughters died.
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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.