Miracle at Plymouth

The plans of those aboard the Mayflower were thwarted repeatedly. A sister vessel leaked so badly they had to turn back soon after setting sail from England. The Pilgrims had to regroup and restock leaving behind people and resources. Their charter was for what is now New York, but they hit land north of Cape Cod in what is Massachusetts. Instead of arriving in summer, they arrived late in the fall. Those familiar with New England weather patterns will realize the seriousness of this mistake.

Explorations on shore revealed evidence of a native population. Would those they called Indians attack the Pilgrims? Especially since they took the stock of Indian seed corn found buried in a sand dune. The Pilgrim’s had few supplies left by the time they arrived – they needed seed to plant if they survived until spring.

The Pilgrim men debated what to do next. No one wanted to chance going out to sea in November to locate their charter land. They would have to plant a colony here. But where?

They investigated an island in Cape Code harbor. Finally they ventured on shore and up the hill above the bay. What they found were the remnants of an Indian village – land cleared, fields ready to plant. But no sign of recent activity. Did they dare build here? Did they really have another choice in November with winter blowing in?

The men reassembled on-board the Mayflower and wrote a compact for governing their colony. They elected a governor. They prayed for protection and guidance.

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And they moved on shore. It was now too late for the Mayflower to leave, so the crew would help to build seven cabins and all the souls moved in to survive the winter. Only half of the Pilgrim population lived…the other half dying of scurvy and sickness. But when spring arrived, the group had survived. And the Mayflower sailed back to England.

One day an Indian named Samoset, who spoke broken English, came into their camp. He left returning with Squanto who spoke English well. Squanto’s own story was of capture, prisoner in England, and escape back to this shore. Here he learned that his tribe the Pawtuxets, had been wiped out by a European disease. The tribe had lived on this very spot – now called Plymouth*. The surrounding tribes left the area vacant for fear of catching the disease, too.

That is why it was ready and prepared for the Pilgrims when they arrived – in the wrong place, at the wrong time – but depending on a miracle from their God.

Location and Time:  Plymouth, MA 1620
Type of Miracle: provision, guidance.

*To learn more about the Pilgrims read:
William Bradford: Plymouth’s Faithful Pilgrim, by Gary D. Schmidt, Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 1999

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Best Anti-aging Advice – Ten Degrees Backward

If you lived in the days when the Bible was written, the way you told the time of day was with a sundial. This device uses sun rays, that fall across a raised stationary indicator, to create a shadow which points to the outside of the large dial. The dial has numeric tick marks for each hour,  similar to a non-digital (analog) watch face. An early mention of a sundial is in 700 B.C. at the Jerusalem palace of King Hezekiah.

The king has been ill and likely to die. He is visited by God’s prophet who tells him good news – Hezekiah will live another 15 years. The ‘anti-aging’ advice is to place a poultice or plaster of figs on top of the abscess.

But how can Hezekiah be sure he will be healed? The prophet says that God will move the shadow on the sundial ten degrees. Shall He move it down ten degrees or back ten degrees? Hezekiah chooses for it to move back ten degrees…because that has never been seen before. A miracle.

Did this really happen? If so, scientists should find 10 degrees time missing from the calculation of years.  Guess what? They have found 10 degrees plus 24 hours missing.  If you want to know where the 24 hours went to, read the blog page: Joshua’s twenty-four hour day.

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Author at 70 in Key West

Best Anti-Aging Advice for today

In Hezekiah’s case God’s miracle moved the sundial shadow backwards, but it just as easily could have moved the time within the king’s physical body backwards 15 years.

Vitamins and other antioxidants protect our bodies from aging by creating a “bubble” effect. With this bubble around us, we are immune from outside pollution of the environment and from the premature aging of cells within. Effectively,..turning back the clock.

Type of Miracle: Healing
Method: Time manipulation of entire globe but not stars
Location: Middle-East, Jerusalem 700 B.C.

My Books on the Shelf

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Sea shore

We walked out of the small conference room where my interview for a technical writer position just concluded. The interviewer lead me back past several cubicles. He pointed to one that was empty and said that would be mine, if I was hired for the job.

Not exactly sure of how the interview had gone, I was surprised at his casual remark. Glancing toward that cubicle, what I saw was even more surprising.  On the overhead shelf I caught the briefest glimpse of my own thesaurus, dictionary and English Simplified standing upright.

Knowing at that moment the job would be mine, little did I realize that the vision was guiding me to a career in technical writing that would last for over 20 years.

CT, 1987
Guidance, Vision

The St. Johnsbury Bride

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Winter Sunrise

Just before six a.m. on a Saturday morning, I woke up to a strange voice, or was it a thought, in my head. A woman asked “What is it like on this my wedding day?” Automatically, I glanced toward the window and saw the sun peaking in on a bright Vermont day in January.

Where had that thought come from? I was married for over eleven years and my husband was beside me. He and our four children were still asleep. It was that weird type of experience you wish to quickly forget, but that refuses to fade from your thoughts completely.

To distract myself, I considered our plans for the day. We would take a 25-minute ride north to St. Johnsbury to have lunch at a quaint Victorian inn. Their restaurant prepared custom orders for your meals. My husband and I had enjoyed a surprisingly pleasant lunch there last summer.

Our family of six arrived in St. Johnsbury before noon to find that the Inn was closed for the season. The town wasn’t noted for a lot of restaurants. Since everyone was hungry, we drove around and found one that was open. As we pulled into the parking lot around noon, I saw her entering the building. Dressed in a white gown with her veil trailing across her shoulders in the wind, was a bride. Not just any bride.

I can not prove it, but I’m almost positive I heard this young lady’s first thoughts on her wedding day.

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Premonition

Entertaining Angels

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Key West Sunset

Nearing retirement age, I was considering future options, among them opening a tea room. While listening to Christian radio one day on the drive to work, I heard the following Bible verse read. “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers for in so doing some have entertained angels unaware.” Hebrews 13:2. This struck me as relevant to my future, tea room or otherwise.

That week the church I was attending hosted their annual strawberry festival.  Bill and I could make the second serving. We sat down at a table furthest from the kitchen and were joined by another couple. I was distracted looking around to see who I might know. Apparently most of those people had come to the first serving. The result was that I missed the names of our table mates when introductions were made.

As we passed bowls of baked beans, coleslaw, and plates of ham, I discovered that the couple had never been to this church before. They worked in Connecticut but their home was in Vermont. They were here and at our table simply because they saw the sign in front of the church.

Now I felt the responsibility to represent our church…since I seemed to be the only one around to do so. At that time, Bill did not attend church with me.

While making conversation and happily enjoying our strawberry short cakes, I realized I should take down their names to give to our pastor. I asked their names again. The woman’s first name was Angel.

After we left church, I told Bill about the Bible verse I had heard that week. He had already been considering it some kind of miracle…that we were at church and ate with an Angel. I agreed.

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CT, 2007

Feeding Five Thousand. Really!

Some people explain away the miracle of Jesus feeding 5000 people with only some fish and a few loaves of bread. These people claim what happened was Jesus setting an example, “I shared my food supply. Now you do likewise.” Everyone shared and the job got done.

But that theory doesn’t hold when you consider the number of baskets full that were left over. And the same result occurred when he later fed 4000.

If Jesus indeed was concerned about sending the people away hungry for a long walk home, we must ask why. Either he was showing off for his disciples and knew they already had food with them. Or else he performed a miracle.

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The real problem is that we assume that if Jesus performed this miracle it was because He was God. Not so. He fed thousands because he understood what the Bible had to say about filling a need. He knew the Old Testament verse that said “The plowmen shall overtake the reaper.” Amos 9:13.

Jesus told His disciples “I sent you to reap whereon ye bestowed no labor.”

Jesus blessed the food. Do you wonder what he said? Likely the same command God gave to  Adam and Eve, “Be fruitful and multiple.”

With these words spoken by a son of Adam, God could now work. His disciples, though doubtful, handed out the food. God miraculously commanded time to speed up so that the “plowman [and sower] would overtake the reaper.” And the food reaped was replenished instantly with sown, caught and prepared replacements.

Location: Hillside in Israel
Date: 30 A.D.
Method: Manipulation of Time