“‘There will be signs (attesting miracles) in the sun and moon and stars; and on the earth [there will be] distress and anguish among nations, in perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea and the waves, people fainting from fear and expectation of the [dreadful] things coming on the world; for the [very] powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see THE S ON OF M AN COMING IN A CLOUD with [transcendent, overwhelming] power [subduing the nations] and with great glory. Now when these things begin to occur, stand tall and lift up your heads [in joy], because [suffering ends as] your redemption is drawing near.” Then He told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees; as soon as they put out leaves, you see it and know for yourselves that summer is near. So you too, when you see these things happening, know [without any doubt] that the kingdom of God is near. I assure you and most solemnly say to you, this generation [those living at that definite period of time preceding the second coming] will not pass away until everything takes place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away. “But be on guard, so that your hearts are not weighed down and depressed with the giddiness of debauchery and the nausea of self-indulgence and the worldly worries of life, and then that day [when the Messiah returns] will not come on you suddenly like a trap; for it will come upon all those who live on the face of all the earth. But keep alert at all times [be attentive and ready], praying that you may have the strength and ability [to be found worthy and] to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand in the presence of the Son of Man [at His coming].’”
LUKE 21:25-36 AMP
Happy Monday! New beginnings fill us with joy of opportunities for second chances. We have now entered a new liturgical year beginning with Advent. Advent is a season of waiting and being penitent. We wait to celebrate the birth of Jesus, and we wait for his rebirth and second coming.
Advent is not a season of sitting around in fear of what’s to come. It’s a time to stand up and believe that our world is so safe that God allowed us to live here. It’s a time to rediscover our relationship with God. It’s a time of giving and loving others. No one knows when Jesus will return, so we should always be ready. However, that readiness should be with gladness, not fear.
We often get so caught up in the secular Christmas celebrations that we forget to stop and remember the one who was born of a virgin and sacrificed everything for us.
Where I live the devastation is present every day. Over the weekend we had flooding, and there are many living with tarps for roofs. There are many living in tents. It’s hard for me to feel the joy of the Christmas season. Others I know had Christmas trees set up before Thanksgiving. Everyone deals with stress differently. However, I do feel the presence of God all around and anticipate with great joy the celebration of Jesus’s birthday and the second coming of Christ.
Today, welcome the season of advent into your hearts. God bless you.