Tuesday, August 29, 2006

The Virgin Mary, Turtles & God Sightings

Shirley McVane is 81 years old and lives in Chicago, Illinois. She has a couple of little turtles in a bowl. As one of the turtles has grown over the past year the underside of the turtle’s shell has developed an image that Shirley says is the Virgin Mary.

In the past couple of weeks there have also been reports of the Virgin Mary seen in chocolate drippings in a Southern California candy factory. Perhaps you remember the story from several months ago of the woman who saw the image of the Virgin Mary on her grilled cheese sandwich. Later she sold that sandwich for $28,000!

This blog is all about God sightings. I believe that God can be found in many ways and in many places every day. I want to capture that and reflect on that and share that with others. I want to hear about such sightings from you.

But honestly, I don’t know what to make of turtles, chocolate and grilled cheese sandwich sightings. My fear is that skeptics see these stories and solidify their skepticism about God and confirm their conclusions about people of faith as superstitious and silly.

Hebrews 11:6 invites us to believe that God exists and to believe that God will reward those who seek Him. What’s the reward? If you seek God your reward is that you find God. Finding God is an invitation to experience God. May this be such a day for you.

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