Key Text

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

Now as to the times and the epochs, brethren, you have no need of anything to be written to you.
For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night.
While they are saying, "Peace and safety!" then destruction will come upon them suddenly like birth pangs upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day should overtake you like a thief;
for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness;
so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober.
For those who sleep do their sleeping at night, and those who get drunk get drunk at night.
But since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation.
For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,
who died for us, that whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with Him.
Therefore encourage one another, and build up one another, just as you also are doing.

cited from the NRSV

Image of the week

November 30, 2005


the future looming into view

Emerging in the Distance

photograph by Gary Heard

For the previous image (31 October 2005), click here.


Present Context

For Reflection

The season of Advent is about watching, and waiting - believing that there is something just around the corner which brings God's kingdom into our midst. It is for this reason that we wait, and watch - in anticipation and hope.

Some thoughts for reflection:

The season of Advent means there is something on the horizon the likes of which we have never seen before… .What is possible is to not see it, to miss it, to turn just as it brushes past you. And you begin to grasp what it was you missed, like Moses in the cleft of the rock, watching God's [back] fade in the distance. So stay. Sit. Linger. Tarry. Ponder. Wait. Behold. Wonder. There will be time enough for running. For rushing. For worrying. For pushing. For now, stay. Wait. Something is on the horizon. - Jan L. Richardson

Advent is concerned with that very connection between memory
and hope which is so necessary to man - Cardinal Ratzinger

GOD IS COMING! God is coming!
All the element we swim in, this existence, Echoes ahead the advent. God is coming! Can't you feel it?- Walter Wangerin, Jr.

We wait in patience knowing that not every act of God
reverberates like a pounding sledge hammer.
In Isaiah's metaphor,
God does not always split open the heavens.
Whereas even His closest disciples
longed to call down fire from heaven and to brandish swords,
Jesus compared his coming kingdom to tiny mustard seeds
and to the imperceptible but certain fermentation of yeast - Daniel B. Clendenin


O God, give us a dogmatic patience that we might wait for you with fierce determination and expectation. Sharpen our hope on the anvil of expectation: an expectation grounded in the good news that Jesus is coming!

Grant us grace to see you, to know you, in the midst of this day. And by your grace, may our lives help others to see you also.