Monday, June 02, 2008

Voice of thunder

Today’s Reading: John 12:28-29(NIV)

[Jesus said,] 28 “Father, glorify your name! Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again. 29 The crowd that was there and heard it said it had thundered; others said an angel had spoken to them.

Good morning!

Thunder speaks! Late at night in the middle of a storm, the foundation of our home shakes as thunder peals across the dark sky. On a stormy night, it was not uncommon to have three little Spaulding prototypes crawl into bed with Mom and Dad. It became a true adventure when the dogs and cats joined us too. No one in our family slept through those midnight thunderstorms. It did, however, bring a whole new meaning to the concept of togetherness!

A large clap of thunder peals in the heavens and suddenly our electricity goes out. An amazing light show begins to reveal itself across the black sky, as the wind rattles the windows and rain beats down the newly planted flowers outside. In a torrential storm, golf-ball sized hail pellets leave their marks on our siding, roofs and car hoods. We’ve experienced a lot of thunderstorms here in the Midwest. Do you think God may be trying to get our attention?

Thunder bears a distinct and mighty voice – it may be very scary for some and comforting to others. Greek philosopher Aristotle speculated that the sound of thunder was caused by the collision of clouds. Modern science teaches that the sound of thunder is a supersonic shock wave caused from a sudden increase in the temperature and pressure that lightning produces in the air. It can begin as a low rumble, with tremors, and increase to a deafening loud boom that sounds like an explosive device detonating. The voice of thunder causes me to look up and listen. Are you captivated by the sight and sounds of the thunderstorm?

The voice from heaven sounded like the voice of angel to those who stood with Jesus that day in Jerusalem. When He shouted, “Father, glorify Your name,” the voice of thunder could be heard pealing across the heavens. It said, “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.” Can you hear the voice of God speak in the thunderstorm today?

Grace and peace,

Deb Spaulding

Faith UMC - St. Charles, MO


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