The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Signs and signals

Excerpted from Learning to Hear with the Heart: Meditations for Discerning God's Will by Debra K. Farrington (Jossey-Bass, available April 2003).

Pay attention, come to me; listen and your soul will live.
- Isaiah 55:3 (Jerusalem Bible)

“Looking back on it now, I can see there were signs," writes the narrator of Diane Schoemperlen's novel, Our Lady of the Lost and Found. Faced with a visit from the Virgin Mary, the narrator realized that, had she been paying attention, she would have known that something was up long before Mary appeared. Too many odd things had been happening, too many coincidences. But our narrator chalked it up to luck. Luck is easier to explain than signs in our scientific age.

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