#AdventBook2016 -Week 1: Tuesday

The Beginnings of the Birth Pangs – Matthew 24.1-14

Wars and rumours of wars… famine and earthquakes… torture… false prophets… lawlessness.

What a world we live in. What turbulent times.

Is it reassuring – or perhaps not? – to hear Jesus speak of these things, not as signs that it’s all gone wrong, but as somehow part of the plan.

Is it reassuring – or perhaps not? – to think of the generations of Christians before us who have seen things very like these – and things very different – before us, and have struggled to reconcile them with these same passages of scripture.

How do bring all this – the catastrophic, the cataclysmic (whether on a personal or a global scale) – back to God?

‘When the darkness closes in, Lord, still I will say: “Blessed be the name of the Lord”.’

 

 

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