The Third Thursday of Advent


Never is life so insecure as when we take hold of it;

Never is it safer than when we lay it in God’s hands.


I don’t know who wrote those words but I do know that they touched a chord in me. I found them in The Interpreter’s Bible, while reading the commentary on Luke 21:9-11. Chapter 21 is titled in my Bible “National Trials and the Advent.” Jesus is telling the disciples of the trials they will face as His disciples. It is quite a list: wars, rumors of wars, earthquakes, famines, pestilence, persecution, etc.

There are two verses in the midst of the bad news, verse 27 and 28:

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.


Shalom – Shalvah

Peace – Security

That is what I have found in my relationship with God and that is what gives me joy.

It doesn’t mean everything is good all the time but it does mean that my ship of life holds steady even in the midst of a raging storm.

I have joy for He is my joy.

Let go and let God.



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