We mourn yet again
8 He replied: “Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not follow them. 9 When you hear of wars and uprisings, do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away.” 10 Then he said to them: “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11 There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.
~ Luke’s Biography of Jesus, chapter 21
1 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them. 6 They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over weak-willed women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, 7 always learning but never able to acknowledge the truth. 8 Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these men oppose the truth— men of depraved minds, who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected. 9 But they will not get very far because, as in the case of those men, their folly will be clear to everyone.”
Paul’s 1st letter to his protege, Timothy
We don’t know how the last days will unfold. There are many great scholars who disagree and have for decades… we should always hold these things lightly, lest we be the point of laughter on the other side. 🙂 Seriously though, we do know a few things – signs… labor pains Jesus called them. The building crescendo may be early in the process or maybe…
I have seen many natural disasters in my years. I’ve seen many tumultuous times politically, i.e. post cold war when there was such a power vacuum. I have not seen both in such growing tempo and sound. I am NOT saying it is the Day of the Lord, but it makes me reflect, refocus, recommit, and ever lean into what is important and discharge what is not. Come Lord, come.
And until then, may we mourn with the horrific situation yet unfolding in Japan.