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The Voice

We've all heard the voice. You know: the one a parent uses and you know y0u're in trouble now. Or the unmistakable voices of Barry White or James Earl Jones. Or the friend's voice when there so much brokenness in your life, family, marriage and no one can do anything to fix it, but just hearing the love and concern in that voice somehow helps.

Psalm 29:3-9 (http://bible.oremus.org/?ql=67154999) speaks of God's voice.

"The voice of the Lord
is over the waters...
is powerful...
full of majesty...
breaks the cedars...
flashes forth flames of fire...
shakes the wilderness...
causes the oaks to whirl...
strips the forests bare."

The psalmist here speaks of a strong voice. Sometimes we need that strength when we are weak.
It is the voice of the God who speaks things into being...of the eternal Word incarnated among us.

It's important to recognize the voice we are hearing.
Parents know their child's voice.
Lovers…

Feel Overwhelmed?

"Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far mor than all we can ask or imagine" (Eph 3:20).

The countd0wn has begun for several things in my life. Today begins my last undergrad semester. I graduate May 10th!! One week from today I will have a total knee replacement (my left). In August we will pack up and move to Gettysburg Seminary and begin a new academic, social and spiritual life there.

What I've been mostly a bit nervous about lately is the surgery and keeping up with my classwork. I'll be in the hospital 2-3 days, then in an inpatient rehab facility 2-3 weeks. I'm taking three classes, one of which is a four credit class, Biology. I will not have internet access in the hospital, but can read if I'm not too loopy. At the rehab facility I will have plenty of internet access. It will be tricky however doing all the therapy I'll need to do and doing all the school work as well. It's easy to worry and fret.

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Epiphany: Moving from Meaning One to Meaning Three

Main Entry:epiph·a·nyPronunciation:\i-ˈpi-fə-nē\Function:nounInflected Form(s):pluralepiph·a·niesEtymology:Middle English epiphanie, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin epiphania,epiphaneiaepiphainein to manifest, from epi- + phainein to show — more at fancy from Late Greek, plural, probably alteration of Greek appearance, manifestation, from Date:14th century1capitalized: January 6 observed as a church festival in commemoration of the coming of the Magi as the first manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles or in the Eastern Church in commemoration of the baptism of Christ

2: an appearance or manifestation especially of a divine being

3 a (1): a usually sudden manifestation or perception of the essential nature or meaning of something(2): an intuitive grasp of reality through something (as an event) usually simple and striking(3): an illuminating discovery, realization, or disclosureb: a revealing scene or moment 1.

That's the dictionary definition. Last night at Emanuel a small group…