Storms on the water are frightening to watch, much less be in. First the sky turns an eerie yellow-grey as the clouds roll in across the sun. The water turns dark, a mixture of bruise-purple and sickly green and grey that simply looks dangerous. A wind picks up, and the dangerous water begins to ripple into choppy waves. Some of those waves get large enough to show white foam at the top, like rabid creatures. The waves crash on the shore or seawall. Lily pads and reeds sway violently as the water and wind buffet them from above and below. It starts to rain, sheeting down into the whitecaps.
Wilton Lewis stood with his hands on his hips, studying the sanctuary wall, not trusting himself to speak. He wanted to spit, was thwarted by the fact that he was inside, and instead swallowed hard and said, “This is vile. Disgusting and vile.” He turned to his right and added, “I apologize, Reverend Cashmore. This does not represent the good people of Port William. You know that, I hope.”
Since Albert Einstein is considered the genius above all geniuses, he is often credited quotes he never said. (If Einstein said it, it must be true.) That includes the saying that insanity is defined as doing the same thing again and again and expecting to get a different result. Actually, it wasn't until the 1980's that he was first connected to that saying, but it doesn't matter who actually said it, because these three scriptures seem to validate the saying.
Seven years ago, our family moved from southern Virginia to northeast Wisconsin. As you might expect, spring comes later here. Fall comes earlier. And winter is a much different experience in northeast Wisconsin than it was in southern Virginia. The same temperatures that seemed bone-chilling in Virginia are good reason to leave the mufflers and mittens at home in Wisconsin. Of course, many of the retired folks in my congregation here take their cue from the geese and fly south for the winter each year.