Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Isaiah 5:13-17, 24-25; Psalms 26, 28; 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28; Luke 21:29-38

By the time you read this the Advent season will be well upon us. Everyone will be busy decorating homes and preparing for Christmas Day and all it stands for. For me, here today, writing this in summer, the week of the terrorist plot in the United Kingdom, I experience a sense of fear and dread that all the events around the world evoke in me. Israel and Lebanon, Iran, Iraq, and Afghanistan are all places with such anger and hostility.

In reading the passage today in Isaiah 5 on woes and judgments, one can only feel sad for all the suffering around the world and sorry for those who carry hate in their hearts. How can this be in a world that allows us to have so much, that we can hate, attack, and be so mean to each other? It reads in Luke 21:34, “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap.”

We are to be aware of these evils and the stresses of life, those as described above and the silly ones like the frustration of finding a parking space around the shops in Loudoun at Christmas time. We must instead stay calm, lead a blameless life, and stay alert, for he is everywhere watching over us. In turn we must listen and wait; we must keep our faith in our hearts. God is love, and love provides the strength for us to stay on the right path.

- Ann Lowden

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