Many people have probably heard the story of Horatio Spafford. In 1873, he had planned to travel to Europe with his family, but because of business-related delays he sent his family ahead and planned to meet them later. However, the boat on which his family was traveling, the SS Ville du Havre, collided with another ship at sea and sank, killing 226 of the 313 passengers on board, including all four of Spafford's daughters. Only his wife survived. As he rushed onto the next ship to meet his wife, he was informed at one point that they were passing the spot where his daughters died.
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.