From the Word of the Day
“When these things begin to happen, stand and raise your head, because your salvation is close at hand.”
(Luke: 21: 28)
Catastrophic natural events, terrible events caused by inhumanity, all seem to be signs of the end times. However, they are not the last things. They are only the warning signs that something greater is coming. They will show that the good is more powerful than evil. We fear these events and identify them with all the tremendous things that are happening in our history. We forget that our history is not only this. We forget the atrocities that have already marked every period in history, although they did not bring the end.
There are no crimes or disasters so great that they can cancel from our hearts the desire for salvation and the yearning for freedom. Nothing can destroy the love of God in us and our capacity in Him to generate life and allow life to be, in Christ, full and abundant for everyone.
In my pause for silent contemplation, I will dwell on the fact that God is the Lord of history and of all that exists. God is in loving control. I need only be faithful to Him and to His Law of Love.
Lord, help me to live of hope even in the face of the inhumanity that we are witnessing in our times. Do not allow the sense of justice violated to mature in me hatred and the desire for revenge.
The Voice of Psalm 85
The Lord speaks of peace to his people, to his faithful ones, and to those who turn to him with their whole heart.