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The Coming Day

December 8, 2020

“The day of the Lord is coming, it is near.” Joel 2:1

Days have a way of showing up, whether we want them to or not. Some days loom large in the future. Today is such a day for me. My final paper for the first semester of my DMin paper is due at 11:59 tonight. Fortunately, I’m well prepared and the writing is well underway! This morning, my son looked at the calendar and noted that there are seventeen days until Christmas. That’s a day that can’t get here soon enough, at least for the kids. As both parent and pastor, I have some more work to do during those seventeen days.

The day of the Lord will come, too. Of course, there is no calendar to tell us when. Even Jesus said that he didn’t know. But make no mistake, it will come. This, friends, is good news. While this world is filled with beauty and goodness, it is also shot through with suffering and pain. God’s promise, made sure and certain in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, is that one day Christ will return. Tears will be wiped away. Death will be no more.

Until then, we wait. And waiting, we live. We write theological papers and countdown to Christmas. We love those around us and serve those in need. Until the day of the Lord comes, we live today, for this is the day that the Lord has made.

Be well, friends. You are loved.

Lord Jesus, stir up your power and come! As we wait, help us to live in faithful love today. Keep our eyes and our hearts open to your presence even now. Give us grace to do the tasks set before us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Image: The writing life. I need more coffee.

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