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Faith Comment published in the Petersfield Post

7 March 2018: Rev'd Stephen Wright, Petersfield Methodist Church

What are the chances?

The other day, I was the victim of what can only be described as two freakish events. I had reason to park my car, partly on a pavement, and looking at how the rear wheels were aligned, I bent down slightly. My mobile phone slipped out of my inside pocket and fell effortlessly into a roadside drain, not even bothering to touch the sides.

Later in the morning, returning to my car, I went to retrieve something from the back seat; somehow, my car key detached itself from its fob, and disappeared down the same drain! People have said to me what extraordinarily ‘bad luck’. I still find it unbelievable that I could lose my phone and my car keys down the same drain within 90 minutes. I still have flash backs. And yet, one thinks about these things. It did occur to me, as exceptional as my experience was, it was as nothing, compared to the fortuitous circumstances that saw life on Earth develop from the explosion of a tiny particle, billions of years ago.

I’m not sure what the probabilities were of losing my phone and keys in 90 minutes, but from what the specialists tell us, it required a very large number of such events, (with a ridiculous number of 0’s), for us to be here. It could of course, all be blind chance. But such things are capable of a very different interpretation. In recent times for, for example, it made the most famous atheist of the 20th century, the philosopher, Anthony Flew, change his mind about God. I am not surprised.


The next PACT Prayer Day will be on Monday 12 March at Petersfield United Reformed Church from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. Everyone is welcome to pop in during the day.

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