Photo and Commentary ©2018 by Maylan Schurch
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

A little over a week ago I was walking across the University of Washington campus and noticed this building. It’s called Kane Hall, and though I’ve never been inside, I gather that it contains a number of classrooms and what seems to be a theater.

What caught my attention first were the two gigantic satellite dishes on the roof. It’s been awhile since I’ve seen such large ones, and it could very well be that modern dishes don’t need to be so large. But whether or not these mammoth signal-collectors are still in use, it’s clear that they were put up because someone wanted to stay in touch with Something Up There.

Which is kind of heartwarming. I spend just enough time in academe to discover that if they aren’t careful, a university’s instructional staff can come to think of themselves as pretty self-sufficient, knowledge-wise. I remember as an assistant professor of English standing before a class of 30 college kids, realizing that my job was to convince them that I was an authority on what I was thinking. I could create the tests, and I was the one who wrote letter-grades in the gradebook.

I know that even though a public university’s stance should be neutral when it comes to Christianity, there are professors and instructors who are devout Christians. And without benefit of satellite dishes, they reach high above the roof with their prayers, confident that they have Heaven’s Ear.

To read some of what God’s Word says about prayer, click the link just below.