Nation will rise against nation…
there will be earthquakes… famines and plagues…
dreadful portents and great signs from heaven.
They will arrest you and persecute you….
This will give you an opportunity to bear witness.
—from Luke 21.10-13
Amidst the chaos and evil of the world
you bring something different.
You are not tainted by the world’s fear and hatred.
You bear love to the world.
To nations in warlike frenzy
or to neighbors afraid
or to families upset and struggling
you bring peace.
You bring trust in God.
Their resentment and resistance
is your opportunity to love.
Their craziness is deadly.
Hold steadfast to love;
that’s how you stay alive.
“By your endurance you will gain true life.”
Signs and portents
on earth and in the heavens,
fire and smoke and great storms,
and unseasonable cold.
None of which changes
the low pressure zone that produces
the great calm within you.
November 13, 2019