The Advent word for this week is miracle. I believe in miracles. I really do! With God’s help, I truly believe, all things are possible. Nothing frustrates me more than the attitude, “It can’t be done,” or “It’s impossible!” I think there are many things in life that are improbable, but nothing is impossible. There is a critical difference, especially for persons who follow Jesus.
I read about a miracle recently. It is not, in my humble opinion, a stretch to call this story a modern day miracle. A young man in NYC, a rather famous rapper and producer. The headline for the New York Times article is, “He’s 22, She’s 81. Their Friendship is Melting Hearts.” One evening, Spencer Saylon and his friends were talking about their best friends. Saylon said, “My best friend is an 81 year old white woman who lives in a retirement community in Florida.” They met through the popular phone game, Words with Friends, and after 300+ games together, they decided they needed to meet. One of Saylon’s friends is the pastor of the Riverside Church in NYC. The pastor arranged for the meeting of Saylon, the 81 year old woman Rosalind Guttman and herself. The meeting happened last Friday in Palm Beach.
A modern day miracle
Pastor Amy Butler and Mr. Saylon flew from NYC to Palm Beach for the day. Pastor Butler said, “It was more beautiful than I could have even imagined. There was no hint of awkwardness. It was like they were magnetically drawn to each other.”
Upon return to NYC, Spencer Sleyon, 22 years of age I remind you, posted his photos of his meeting with Ms.Guttman. The photos quickly attracted widespread attention. Mr. Sleyon said, “A lot of people online said, ‘I needed a story like this, especially with the race relations in this country right now.”
Ms. Guttman, last Friday evening, sent an email to Pastor Butler and said, “Dearest Amy, I’m at a loss for words to describe today. Without question, it was one of the most memorable days of my life. I’m still basking in the glow of warmth and friendship. You and Spencer extended yourselves to me and embraced me in a most unbelievable fashion. My only words in this moment are a humongous thank you. I love you both to the moon and back. Ms. Roz”
Mr Sleyon said, in reflecting on his experience, “When I met Ms Roz it was no natural. It wasn’t like anything spectacular, or different than you speaking to one of your friends.”
Miracles still happen.
It is not any wonder why Jesus said, in the Gospel according to John, chapter 14 and verse 12.
12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.
If you would like to read the whole article, please click on this link: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/06/us/words-with-friends-meeting.html
–Rev. Jeff Gannon
Read more of Pastor Jeff’s blog, St. Arbuck’s Chapel.