Jesus' Mercy Changes Me, We and the World

Amidst Trying Times

Dear Thankful,

When you give thanks, are you thankful for tomorrow? 

What does the future hold for us? There are ominous signs on the horizon. Things do not look good—epidemics, ecological crisis, wars, and sadness. Yet it all is depending on who holds the future. When we look toward the horizon, whose face do we see? Is this a time of death, endings, and destruction, or a time of birth, beginnings, and redemption?

This Sunday is the first Sunday in Advent.  The gospel text is Luke 21:25-36. In these verses Jesus speaks of terrifying, dark signs in the heavens. Are we nearing the coming of the night, or the dawn of day?  When you read this passage, it literally sounds like the world’s attic is falling into the basement. “There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on earth distress among nations…”( Luke 21:25). Many of us can resonate with those words from Luke right now.

The key to this passage is verses 27 and 28. When all these horrible things are happening, ”Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and glory…raise your head for your redemption is near.”  When the Messiah comes, God will give us what we hope for. Our redemption is near. Good news! We can be thankful for tomorrow!

Prayers: For thankful hearts amid trying times.

See also Jeremiah 33:14-16 for further reflection.

Still in one peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen