As a child I spent many hot summer days lying with my brothers on a blanket that my mother had spread under the shade of a tree. Sometimes we'd let ourselves drift off to sleep. Other times we'd read our books. But most often we'd watch the clouds. We'd take turns pointing out what we saw. Sometimes we'd imagine that we saw a dog chasing a cat. At other times we'd see a fluffy white rabbit. Whoever saw a shape in the clouds won the right to tell a story about it and often our stories would have us rolling in laughter. As I grew older, I continued to look for shapes in the clouds.
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.