"Life is full of ends," wrote Phillips Brooks, "but every end is a new beginning, and we
are continually coming to the point where we close one chapter, but we always can turn
and open a new and better and a diviner chapter."
After the daughter got out of bed in a bad mood, her mother told her, "You sure climbed
out of the wrong side of your bed today." Moments later she was back in bed. When
asked, "Why?" she said, "I'm getting out of the right side of bed this time."
New beginnings with God take more effort, but God says in many ways, "I would like to
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.