And then there was what I remember as one of the worst nights in my life. It was 3 a.m.,
and I hadn't slept. My prayers had become simply "Why God, why don't you heal me?" I
went down into the living room and curled up in a ball on the floor. I cried for a while,
but then I seemed to run out of tears. I can't say I felt much of anything. Perhaps my
despair led me beyond feeling. Then something amazing happened. I'll give God the
credit, although it wasn't anything supernatural. There was no light from heaven or angel
at my doorstep. The Earth didn't move.
The word epiphany is from the Greek and refers to the experience of a sudden and amazing realization. Usually it’s applied to a scientific or philosophical/religious breakthrough, but it can apply in any situation in which a brilliant insight gives a person a different perspective on life or a problem s/he has been considering. For example, Archimedes’ famous shriek of “Eureka!” came as he was in the baths, contemplating yet again the difficulty of determining if a given mass would float.
Ron Love Mark Ellingsen Bob Ove Bonnie Bates Bill Thomas Frank Ramirez
Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 Imagine a worship service, a sharing of scripture and interpretation, that went on from dawn until midday. How would you respond? In many of our mainline churches a worship service that last more than an hour risks negative comments to the pastor. “Worship was too long.” “I have other things to do today.” “Can’t you try to keep worship to an hour?”
Some time ago there was a series of programmes on BBC 2 on the recent history of the Catholic Church. The series was called "Absolute Truth", and one programme looked at Catholicism in the developing parts of the world. It studied the work of liberation theologians in Latin America, particularly Leonardo Boff and Oscar Romero.