Elijah threw his mantle on Elisha? This mantle that, when rolled up and stuck in the Jordan, had the power to part it. Elijah had to give up power in order than Elisha might live into that power.
God is mindful of us. God is attentive to us. We are also created in the very image of God, so we are inherently predisposed to pay attention to one another. First, we must believe God IS. That is faith. Faith moves us. Faith isn’t just repeating lines we heard at church or in a song. It moves us toward a path, a way of being, or course of action. Otherwise, it is just memorizing facts for a test – one that doesn’t give us credit in any university or trade school. And it is an act of discipleship.
The human experience of awe and wonder is a basic initiating factor eliciting the reflection that cultivates openness to other perspectives. This openness is crucial to change. Change is crucial to growth. Without growth, there is only stagnancy, and then entropy – the slow, sure process of falling apart.