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Tuesday, Feb 19, 2019
Looks like rain

Big floods tend to produce stories. Folks can recall much about the “flood of 2008 or 1996 or 1956 . . . .” People in biblical times had heard flood stories, too. But the flood Genesis described was the Big One, the flood to end all floods—almost. God was angry and decided all of creation was pretty much corrupt and the only solution was to wipe it all out. But in an almost human way God left the door open a crack. Noah got to be the ark that preserved a righteous few, including handy mating pairs of all creatures in order to repopulate the earth once the waters receded. So God’s wrath was not final. There’s always the possibility of return to God, constantly offered. When the waters of despair, regret, and cynicism threaten to inundate you, remember there’s a dove on the way.

TODAY'S READINGS: Today’s readings: Genesis 6:5-8; 7:1-5, 10; Mark 8:14-21 (336). “Then the Lord said to Noah, ‘Go into the ark, you and all your household, for I have seen that you alone are righteous before me in this generation.’ ”

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ALWAYS BE READY

A mother was explaining, to her little girl, the death of her father. The mother said: “God has sent for your father and will send for us, but I do not know just when.” Finally, the little girl said: “If we do not know just when God is going to send for us, do you not think we had better pack up and get ready to go? God might send when we are not ready.”

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