Tuesday, December 4

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Expressing Gratitude: Civility and Human Rights
Scripture: Luke 21:25

“There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves.”

Still, in the 21st century, like in the first century, the power of nature humbles us. Climactic weather catastrophes still dwarf us & remind us that we are not in control. Hurricane Michael destroyed Panama City despite all our technologic and engineering prowess. Our immense internet potential does not save us from Mother Nature’s supra-human forces.

Luke’s “nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves,” is not a far cry from what the latest EPA forecasts describe for our planet by 2020. We need faith and higher purpose to come together with ingenuity, both unpredictable and awesome, to avert natural and man-made destruction.

We each are vulnerable, also, to perennially fearing immanent catastrophe up-close and personal. The worst times are also, again, now, just ahead of me. Luke’s Jesus offers us no promise of escaping our ever-present threat; no denial of suffering ahead.

Is the old promise from the song of Ecclesiastes, “Turn, turn, turn, a time for every purpose…”, is that promise (that we keep moving-on) enough? “This too will pass” is far exceeded in this new person, this Jesus of Nazareth. Personifying god-as-love coming to be with each one, he taught me that I will not be alone.

The New Testament promise is that we will be connected with one another: even in the disasters drowning us tomorrow. The frightful “SIGNS” we shall now read with reassurance: “love is at hand.”

Prayer:
May we be blessed to know we are not alone. May we be joined together through love, both human and divine; grace amazing, sure and soon. Amen.

~Mark Leifeste