One Thanksgiving, Debbie Lynn Matoren watched as patrons of a restaurant gobbled
down their food with nary a word of thanks. So she stood up and a read a little grace that
she had clipped out of the newspaper. The diners, many not too happy at having their
meal interrupted, bowed their heads as she read. A few months later, in January 1988,
Debbie died while at school. Her mother phoned the newspaper for the Thanksgiving
prayer that Debbie had clipped out and courageously read at the restaurant. It was read at
her funeral. The prayer in part, goes like this:
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.