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James Henderson
The Handwriting On The Wall?
by James Henderson

The Handwriting On The Wall?Hello.

There seems to be an App for everything these days. By downloading one, we can play online games with family and friends, check our own health, identify plants and chart the stars. And now, hopefully, an App will help us beat the coronavirus.

Another App helps us decipher our own handwriting. Sometimes I’ve come across a scribbled note of my own from years ago and I can’t work out what I had written. But now, thanks to the wonders of technology, an App may help me work it out!

It brings to mind a painting by Rembrandt called Belshazzar’s Feast. It depicts a scene from the biblical book of Daniel. The king, Belshazzar, thinks that he has all the answers, but then the hand of God writes a mystery statement on the wall. What did it mean? The handwriting told the king that no, he doesn’t have all the answers at all: in fact, things were about to get worse.

Is there a parallel here for our society? We think we can sort everything out ourselves, but, actually, the writing on the wall is against us.

The message for Belshazzar was, whether things go well or go badly, turn to God.

You don’t need an App for that: just talk to him.

Best regards,

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