Melbourne, FL (Florida Today) -- Patti Burke eats two or three pounds of Goldfish crackers in a week,
one by one, looking for the saltiest of the snacks. But only once has
she found a sign from God on a little orange cracker.
I picked this one up, I knew he was special," the Melbourne woman said
of her Holy Week discovery. "He had a cross on him, and he had a crown
circle up by his head. Something I've never seen before out of all the
Goldfish I've eaten."
couldn't believe it on Easter Sunday, when her pastor, D. Scott Worth,
began talking about fish as a symbol of Christianity in front of the
congregation of Presbyterian Church of the Good Shepherd in Melbourne.
The reason the fish became a symbol is unknown, though it could be the
story of Jonah and the whale or Jesus feeding the 5,000 with loaves and
fish, he said.
PHOTOS: Sign of God seen on Goldfish cracker
"Maybe it's because we are people that buy into the 'big fish' story
of Jesus' resurrection," he remembered suggesting in his Sunday sermon.
"...Big fish story from the standpoint of it's hard to follow ... Jesus'
closest disciples all didn't believe it at first, because it's so
fantastic and life changing."
Whatever the Biblical roots of a fish's role in Christianity, Burke is embracing her find.
believe that it's a sign, a sign from God, that ... he is still in our
life every day and he wants to show that to his people," Burke said of
the baked cheddar cracker. "And it's something that happened right here
"After talking with Pastor Scott I know that what all the cross means. It's eternal life with the circle around the cross."
What does Worth think the oddly imprinted cracker means?
was very interesting that God put that on my heart to speak about that,
and Patti found her Goldfish with the sign of the cross on it.
think it's a sign. I think it points to, I would hesitate to call it a
miracle, but I think it points to the miracle, which is Jesus Christ
defeated death. And that's what Easter is all about."
hasn't yet decided what to do with the cracker, so she carries it in an
earring box padded by gauze. She tried to find out how the "the snack
that smiles back" - which is normally only printed with a smile - ended
up with the cross and two circles. At first, she thought she'd won a
called Pepperidge Farm and said, 'Hey, do you have some special
promotion going on, I think I've got the lucky fish,'" she said. "They
called me back and said there's no way this could have been printed like
that in the factory. ... They said it sounds like something miraculous
happened and we don't know how it happened."
even tried to send the company pictures of the cracker, but said when
she got the photos developed at Walgreen's, none of the pictures turned
"I talked to my mom," Burke said. "She said maybe it's an angel."
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