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 hasshe found a sign from God on a little orange cracker.
"WhenI picked this one up, I knew he was special," the Melbourne woman saidof her Holy Week discovery. "He had a cross on him, and he had a crowncircle up by his head. Something I've never seen before out of all theGoldfish I've eaten."
Burkecouldn't believe it on Easter Sunday, when her pastor, D. Scott Worth,began talking about fish as a symbol of Christianity in front of thecongregation of Presbyterian Church of the Good Shepherd in Melbourne.The reason the fish became a symbol is unknown, though it could be thestory of Jonah and the whale or Jesus feeding the 5,000 with loaves andfish, he said.
"Maybe it's because we are people that buy into the 'big fish' storyof 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 sofantastic and life changing."
Whatever the Biblical roots of a fish's role in Christianity, Burke is embracing her find.
"Ibelieve that it's a sign, a sign from God, that ... he is still in ourlife every day and he wants to show that to his people," Burke said ofthe baked cheddar cracker. "And it's something that happened right hereat Easter.
"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?
"Itwas 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.
"Ithink it's a sign. I think it points to, I would hesitate to call it amiracle, but I think it points to the miracle, which is Jesus Christdefeated death. And that's what Easter is all about."
Burkehasn't yet decided what to do with the cracker, so she carries it in anearring box padded by gauze. She tried to find out how the "the snackthat smiles back" - which is normally only printed with a smile - endedup with the cross and two circles. At first, she thought she'd won aspecial promotion.
"Icalled Pepperidge Farm and said, 'Hey, do you have some specialpromotion going on, I think I've got the lucky fish,'" she said. "Theycalled me back and said there's no way this could have been printed likethat in the factory. ... They said it sounds like something miraculoushappened and we don't know how it happened."
Burkeeven tried to send the company pictures of the cracker, but said whenshe got the photos developed at Walgreen's, none of the pictures turnedout.
"I talked to my mom," Burke said. "She said maybe it's an angel."
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