Ann Weems writes in her Psalms of Lament how the stars fell from her sky on the day her son was killed in a car accident on his 21st birthday, taking away the promise of his future. Jeremiah mourns the day when the Babylonian armies overpower the land and people of Israel, seemingly taking away the promised future God had given them. Grief is upon him and he mourns in dismay. Ann Weems is empathetic with Jeremiah and with all God's people who question their future, who are distraught by the vicissitudes of life: "Turn back to me; you promised. Be merciful to me; you promised.
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.