New and improved is the mantra of advertising. I must admit that I tend to be a gimmick freak at times. But, is the newest the best? It depends: New inventions have transformed industry and science. Yet some old ways legitimately hold sway or come back with new applications.
A couple of years ago I had major surgery. The surgeon opened up an eight inch access to my insides. After the operation I asked him how many stitches he put in to close. His answer was “None.”
I was incredulous. How was I going to heal?
What he’d done was to put in packing saturated with surgical honey. Yup. Like the bees make. Honey is a natural antibiotic. Each day they changed the packing and my body healed from the inside out.
The honey helps control bleeding and is especially good to fight sepsis. My scar seems much like other surgical scars I have. Honey has been known since ancient time to be a healing application that helps fight infection.
Old ways can be good ways, especially in matters of faith. Increasingly I hear of people denigrating faith as old-fashioned, unfit for the 21st century. I beg to differ. I believe that faith contains the foundational truths of life. It isn’t interested in trends or technology, but the eternal souls of women and men. Our need for inner strength and hope will always be there.
Worship, prayer, Scripture, and service will always be current.
Thus says the Lord:
“Stand by the roads, and look,
and ask for the ancient paths,
where the good way is; and walk in it,
and find rest for your souls. Jeremiah 6:16