Sunday, November 26, 2006

A Sunday Thought: Happens to the best of 'em

According to Joan Felt, her father--Watergate's Deep Throat--a near life-long atheist has moved to a very different place in his life:

My father never set foot in the church door during all the years I was growing up. Imagine, therefore, what a surprise it's been to me to hear him start to talk now about God with simple, glad-hearted faith in his elder years.

It comes up in our conversations on lots of topics. It came up after the recent sad and sudden death of Dad's caregiver, Bola, from a heart attack.

While he hasn't explained the change, I think Dad is feeling an innate love for "that which is great," that which transcends mortality, fear, suffering, factions, war, hate and all the rest of the mess of this human world.

As his reasons not to believe have faded, a prior and underlying intuition of God has re-emerged. And in living with him, our whole family benefits from this proof of the possibility of transformation and renewal - at any age.

Scripture speaks directly to this process of understanding:

20For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.

The warning is simple it seems; not even the most earnest of unbelievers is immune from God's grace and majesty.

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