Stir (up) thy might, O Lord, and come!
The winds of change are blowing strong.
There’s the change of seasons – the changing of the leaves in the Deep South and the first snowfalls in the far North.
There’s the end of the Year of Mercy and the beginning of a new Church year.
There’s the upcoming inauguration of a new president for the United States of America (I’m holding my breath).
The forces of nature seem to be resculpting the planet – leaving a path of destruction in so many places. The flooding & earthquakes all over the globe, and (most recently) wildfires in and around our beloved Gatlinburg. It’s heartbreaking! It seems as though the earth is heaving like a pregnant woman suffering with acute morning sickness – only this sickness is not caused by the gift of new life – the coming joy. Instead it is caused by a rejection of the gift of life, of God – the Giver of Life- and of His laws created not to suppress us but to set us free – Free to love and be loved! The world has taken God’s gifts and thrown them shamelessly at His Face. We’ve grown proud, thinking that we don’t need God. In His great mercy and love, He will remind us of our dependence on Him. He will bring us to our knees – a painful but very good place to be when considering eternity and the immeasurable value of even one soul.
I have really gotten into studying biblical prophecy and the messages of Church approved “modern-day” prophets. It is fascinating. Each time I read the bible, there is something new to be discovered – another layer to be peeled back – especially when coupled with the wisdom of those who know history and theology far better than myself.
Each advent, I like to re-watch the documentary, Star of Bethlehem. It is a fascinating hour that bolsters my faith, puts me in awe of God the Creator, and inspires me to delve more deeply into scripture. Recently, I stumbled upon this “update” (so to speak) to what I learned in the Star of Bethlehem. It theorizes that Revelation Chapter 12 is literally being “played out” in the night sky right now!
” A great portent appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was pregnant and was crying out in birth pangs, in the agony of giving birth…” Revelation 12: 1-2
Have a blessed advent. I pray that we will all grow closer to Jesus with each and every breath that we take! Come, Lord Jesus!