2 Kings 2:
Elijah said to him, “Elisha, stay here; for the Lord has sent me to Jericho.” But he said, “As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.”
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I grieve what the current political climate has done to the concept of loyalty. In the mudslinging wasteland of power plays, loyalty is the coin of the realm to be paid for entrance into the court of fools and the cardboard castle of the clown king. Loyalty has become a greedy slob demanding and offering nothing. It is cruel. Abusive. A weapon in the hands of those who think loyalty can be monetized and transacted. The truth of loyalty is not in the hands, however, of the powerful. True loyalty is the response of the heart. It is the neurons that fire to life when love and wisdom happen to vibrate the dusty strings of a forgotten instrument. Loyalty is a gift that when it is given creates a new stringed instrument that offers the gift of new sound to those traveling nearby. You know if something is born of the Spirit of God if it overflows....if it splashes beyond the boundaries of the fountain....if the sound of it leaks into closed rooms and scatters the dust with its truth. The history of the people of God rode on the delicate, vulnerable thread of music created when people - often just a couple of people like Elijah and Elisha - recognized in each other the measures of the song playing over and over again in their soul's basement and, for as the Lord lives and they live, they walked with each other. On that tender thread, vibrates the song of a new world. God recreates and heals the discordant, shattered music with a tuning instrument of loyalty that helps us recognize the sound of truth when we finally hear it. Even at the pace of one person at a time to the next, God is weaving together the threads of a lost symphony.
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Tell out my soul, the greatness of the Lord. Amen