"Count the stars, if you are able," was the Lord's challenge to Abram. Abram, of course,
couldn't and for good reason. There are an estimated 100 billion stars in our galaxy, the
Milky Way. If you were to count them, aside from the problem of keeping them straight
so as not to double count or missing any, how long would it take? If you counted one star
per second, it would take you about 100 billion seconds, or about 3,000 years. Depending
on the date of Abram's life, if he started counting in Genesis 15, he would be just finished
or just finishing today. That's a long time.
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.