You never know how God will be present in seemingly random acts of kindness and justice. Today I experienced two such glimpses through our ministry here.
St. Stephen’s will host a vigil protesting the death of Yokamon Hearn by lethal injection in Huntsville. A group of Quakers coordinates these vigils each time a prisoner is put to death in our name. St. Stephen’s is part of the site rotation. It turns out that Naomi, one of our new members who was baptized here on Pentecost, has represented Mr. Hearn for six years as his lawyer. She called to thank us for being witnesses in this way and to thank us for the support of her ministry. She will be with his family as he is executed tonight.
The other peek at God action today took the form of Everett. He called to tell me that he was being released from the hospital and that he has discovered that he has diabetes and will most likely become blind. Everett has now been clean for one year. He called to tell me that our ministry to him enabled him to get off the streets and to come to faith. He also said that his faith will give him strength to face his surgery and the outcome.
I don’t believe in magic. I am all about the scientific method. I take subatomic parts seriously.
But I also know that if you look, you can find healing and hope; possibility and love poke through unexpectedly. You can call it God or not. I choose to see the divine in these oh so thin places.