John Wesley found words about his mother Susanna written by his father Samuel. He spoke of Susanna from Proverbs 31. Susanna Wesley, wife of a pastor and mother of 19 children, has gone down in Christian history as the ideal mother, wife and educator. In spite of poverty, sickness, disappointment, she managed her household well. Early on she drew up for herself some rules and observed them: 1. No child was to be given a thing because he cried for it. If a child wanted to cry, cry softly. In her house was rarely heard loud cries by children. 2.
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.
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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.