People live and die with many kinds of hopes. My dad always hoped that "his ship would
come in" -- that one day he'd escape the lower middle-income status he faced all of his
life. I'm sure he had many hopes he never shared with me. I wished many years that the
Boston Red Sox would win a World Series. After many disappointments, the Red Sox
finally brought me joy -- twice.
Many people I know continue to hope in things that will disappoint them. They suffer
letdowns that age them, frustrate them, bring anguish, and end in grief. They are good
UPCOMING WEEKS In addition to the lectionary resources there are thousands of non-lectionary, scripture based resources...
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.