The First Friday of Advent

 

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And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;

Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.

And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

Luke 21:25-28

We live in a time of great fear. This nation that was founded on the debate of ideas has become fearful of even listening to a different opinion.

Why?

What has happened to us?

Do our schools no longer host “Debate Clubs” – it seems that our educational focus has shifted. Where we once challenged students we now insulate them from any idea that might make them uncomfortable. How will they be able to stand when real troubles come?

Jesus said “In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”  John 16:33

In today’s passage from Luke Jesus speaks of the fear and confusion that will come but he offers us the assurance that all is not lost –

Look Up!

Lift Up Your Heads!

Your Redemption Draweth Nigh!

 

This Advent Season reminds us that it is God who will have the final say. Keep your focus on your relationship with Him. Keep your light shining brightly that others might see and believe!

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