What an Awesome Surprise


Early this morning I was just sitting in a breadco, hanging out with my friend Tony … we were talking about this and that, trying to figure out what book to read next as a small group (a couple of choices being The Confessions of St. Augustine, The Everlasting Man by G. K. Chesteron, Anima Christi by Mother Mary Francis, and Against the Grain: Christianity and Democracy, War and Peace by George Weigel).

All great books, all very different, all decidedly germane to living out our faith without compromise in a world that is so often antithetical to it’s very Creator, to his continual call to each of us.

Then I became aware of a couple of people standing behind me, patiently waiting but definitely there for a reason, so I looked up … only to slowly figure out that these were two of Carol’s and my closest, long-time friends.

Cool enough, but here’s the really amazing part.

It has been more than a few years, we’d lost track of each other, and they live over a thousand miles away! Bill & Beth “just happened” to stop by the same place at the same time as I, just there for a few moments on the way to the airport after a real brief visit to our city.

The secular among us might rather have ascribed it to chance, as in the proverbial improbability drive (great classic sci-fi, btw), but we know better …

What a God moment … thanks!

What an Awesome Surprise

One thought on “What an Awesome Surprise

  1. Jim says:

    Hey Dad,
    What a blessed way to start your day, awesome!
    I’ve been listening to one of the “Deep in History” lectures given by Kenneth Howell (U of I):

    He’s written quite a bit on the presumed rift between biblical and empirical knowledge.

    In his talk he speaks about the “trial” of Galileo and mentioned this book:

    God’s two books: Copernican cosmology and biblical interpretation in early modern science


    Looked compelling.

    See you soon,


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