Palimpsest: Forecast

Luke 12:49-56


In the early days of the U.S. Weather Bureau,when forecasts were provided to local communities either by mail or by telegraph, a system of flag signals was used to post the details for local residents. A designated person, maybe the postmaster, local weather observer, sheriff, banker, or train station manager, would receive the Weather Bureau forecast and display the appropriate flag or flags, plain white for fair weather, blue for precipitation, and various combinations of squares, triangles, and colors for other conditions. Even as late as the 1960s and 1970s, a Minneapolis bank building displayed a colored ball (the fondly remembered Weatherball) to indicate the expected weather. – Mark W. Seeley, Minnesota Weather Almanac

They said to him, “Tell us who you are so that we may believe in you.” He (Jesus) said to them, “You examine the face of heaven and earth, but you have not come to know the one who is in your presence, and you do not know how to examine the present moment. – The Gospel of Thomas, paragraph 91

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She turned the radio back on and listened. It wasn’t music now; it was the names of counties being repeated over and over. They’d gone to full-time emergency mode, listing counties, all of which she knew well. Franklin, Zebulon. The eye of the storm was here. She flipped the radio over and eviscerated it, slipping the batteries into her pocket. Better to save them for her flashlight. She would have laughed at herself if she could. If ever there was a piece of news she did not need a radio to receive, this was it. The eye of the storm was here. – Barbara Kingsolver, Prodigal Summer

· How do you get your weather news? How often do you check it? Do you make plans depending on the forecast?

· How do you get your news about what God is doing in our world? How often do you check it? Does it change your plans for the future?

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