Wednesday, December 12, 2012

In the Posture of Advent

I just realized that today, 12.12.12, is the last of the repetitive dates we'll see in our lifetime... I've taken them for granted these last 11 years; have you? 

On 01.01.01 I was a freshman in high school, Clinton was still president, no one thought about terrorism or knew where Iraq was. No one I knew had a cell phone.

By 06.06.06 I was a mother, Bush had been re-elected and we were going on our seventh year of the war on terrorism. The twin towers had fallen, killing almost 3,000. We had seen Anthrax scares, transit bombings all over the world, and terrorism threats abound. We grieved with Indonesia as the most deadly tsunami in recorded history killed over 230,000 people. The lesser known Darfur Genocide had already taken up to 450,000 lives and displaced 3 million.

Today, 12.12.12, we worry about economic crisis, soaring unemployment, new healthcare laws, and global warming. We have our first black president, a wonderful symbol of racial equality, yet are aware that racism and micro-racism still live on in our country. The war on terrorism has taken more lives than the original attack on the World Trade Center. We remember the Haitian earthquake which killed 300,000. We have seen famine threaten the lives of hundreds of millions in Kenya and around the world. We know about the LRA and the 20,000+ child soldiers they have recruited over the years, murdering thousands and displacing 2 million North Africans. Meanwhile, American church attendance has reached a record low, with 4,000 churches closing their doors each year. Still, we fast and pray for revival.

"For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places... And many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another... And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved... And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come." (Matthew 24.7-14)

"He who testifies to these things says, 'Surely I am coming soon.' Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!" (Revelation 22.20)

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