By Rev. Loren Mead, author, consultant and founder of The Alban Institute.
We have more of the story of the early life of the Israelites in the promised land – featuring all sorts of mighty and supernatural acts by the representatives of God – Elijah, the elder prophet, and Elisha, the disciple who moves into the senior role when the chariot “swings low” and takes Elijah to God. Again, the prophets are tasked to support the people against their enemies – this time mostly the Moabites. (The enemies of the people or the prophets get spectacular recompense for their lack of faith!) But generally the people of Isreal prevail.
And in Acts, Paul continues his journey ‘home’ to the homeland of the church, facing challenges but also connecting with old and new compatriots. Signs of a growing storm of opposition begin to show up.
How do we make it when we have to be part of a change of leadership? Do we fight it? Do we help the change take place and support the new leader?
May we all find our way home from the far places to which we are called; and when we get there, may our Lord Himself welcome us home.
The Rev. Loren Mead is an author, consultant and founder of The Alban Institute.