Monday, February 2, 2009

Reflections on Miracles and Swedenborg's Birthday

For the Pastors' Box in last week's Bryn Athyn Post (PDF) Rev. John Odhner wrote a cool short piece on miracles and Swedenborg. Here are the first two paragraphs. The whole thing is only 5 paragraphs long.
Every birth is a miracle, so every birthday party is a celebration of something wonderful that the Lord has accomplished. We celebrate Emanuel Swedenborg’s birthday, January 29. Swedenborg himself worked no miracles, wanted no attention, published anonymously. Yet the Lord used him to accomplish wonderful things.

When the Lord opened the eyes of a blind man or brought back to life people who had died, His disciples were amazed. “It never was heard that anyone opened the eyes of one born blind!” (John 9:32) Yet Jesus said to His disciples, “You will see greater things than these” (John 1:50). And, “He who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father” (John 14:12).

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