This morning I heard signals passing between a ship and the Aerial Bridge that allows the entrance of boats into the Duluth harbor. I hear these signals often and relish them though perhaps some who hear them may think of them as noise pollution. It takes a little time for the bridge to be raised high enough to allow entrance or departure of a ship. Meanwhile those who want to enter or leave that spit of land (or hefty sandbar) we call Park Point must wait. They are people who experience a need for patience.
It is important for signals to be clear and unambiguous, like those ship to bridge to ship signals. The Sacraments have that character: the water and words of baptism, the bread and wine of Eucharist. Just as the audible signals between ship and bridge travel long distances, the Sacraments have reverberated through the centuries, drawing people into the safe harbor that is Christ.