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Ya Feel Me?

“Why will you die, O Israel?” (Ezekiel 33:11) A young drug addict, with half of his skull blown away in a drug deal, was delivered to the emergency room where one of my students worked as a nurse. The doctor pronounced the man dead and the mother, with relief, readily signed the organ donation papers. My student took the body to prepare it for organ harvest. As he went about his work, he noticed the corpse wink. He called the doctor to come take another look. The doctor checked and concluded it was just involuntary movement – the man was dead. The nurse returned to his work. The corpse winked again. At this, the nurse said, “if you can hear me,…

Even When the Sparrow Falls

Bless God in Every Circumstance  Jesus tells us to consider the birds of the air, how God feeds them and that not one falls to the ground without his notice (Matthew 7:26 and 10:29).  Yet, we cannot take Jesus to mean that because God notices, sparrows will not fall.  That would contradict plainly observable facts. Recently, I saw a robin build a nest in a tall hickory tree.  It seemed like a good choice – a strong tree, far out of range of our family cat.  A few days later, inexplicably, the nest lay on the ground, a freshly hatched robin nearby, and the mother robin vainly flying about, attentive to her offspring, but helpless to preserve its life.  The doomed…

Goldfinches and Thistles

God’s way of doing things doesn’t often make sense to me.  Who needs kudzu, mosquitoes  cancer, or infant HIV? Doesn’t the management of the universe need a suggestion box somewhere to find out how to run things a little more efficiently? The Canadian Thistle, for example, is an especially annoying piece of creation.  In Indiana, it is such a pest to farmers that state law requires its destruction, but it scoffs at human law.  I used to grow a large garden in Indiana and the thistles there always found a way to stab me.  The Goldfinch, on the other hand, is a beautiful creation.  Decked out in bright yellow gold and black they dart through the air, every glimpse providing evidence…