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“But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come.”
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“But in those days, after that suffering, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in clouds’ with great power and glory. Mark 13:24-26
We are waiting for a very big thing to happen. Something that will shake the heavens and the earth and cause people to tremble. That may or may not sound like good news to you at this point in your life.
If your family is healthy and there are no empty chairs at your holiday table, you may not be hoping for the heavens to be torn open or the stars to fall.
If you have not been abused or neglected or assaulted, shamed or addicted or rejected.
If you are not fleeing with your family, a country beset by violence and ethnic cleansing in search of a place of refuge, a place welcoming the huddled masses yearning to breathe free. Well, you may be looking to skip Advent and snuggle in around an idealized cozy manger with fluffy sheep and curious shepherds.
Whether you embrace Mark’s apocalypse or are offended by it, we are reminded as we step into this holy season that the Lord Jesus comes to live and to die for you and for me.
This is my body, given for you, my blood, shed for you, for the forgiveness of your sins. This is the good news that will see us through our greatest joys and our deepest sorrows.
Questions to ponder or discuss:
There is a congregational coloring project in the Welcome Center which is centered on these four questions to meditate upon during Advent:
Take the time to consider your own answers to each of the questions above and then listen to the message from the first Sunday in Advent to see how your answers may be affected.
See you in church!