Purpose Statement: We need to deal with our fear of growing old.
"Fear" may not be the right word, however most people do not want to grow old. If we could, many of us might choose perpetual youth and become like Little Orphan Annie, Dagwood and Blondie, or their children. These folks found the fountain of youth as Annie appeared on the scene as a youth in 1924 and remained a youth ever since. Alexander and Cookie Bumstead have been children or teenagers for fifty or sixty years. The incongruity doesn't seem to bother us; what does bother us is our growing old. We can:
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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.