On Valentine's Day romantics old or young have the opportunity to declare their love. Remember those construction paper envelopes we decorated to hold our cards? Teacher, Mrs. Beauchamp, reminded the class to make sure everyone received a card. Now sixth grade is where hormones begin to stir and strong emotions are exhibited. Marci received a special Valentine that year. It wasn't a little card, but a huge one of a lion roaring "I love you!" Her eyes widened when she saw the signature of the handsomest boy in her class, Bruce Ellison. Her heart did a flip-flop as she read those words.
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.