December 2, 2015
“There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in a cloud’ with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” Then he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees; as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day catch you unexpectedly, like a trap. For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth. Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
IT’S TIME TO LEARN TO STAND ON A WORD
It never failed. Every time I visited the small main street furniture store, the aging widow, the woman of God, asked me the question, “John David, what Word are you standing on today?” She always knew the Word on which she stood. Me? I’m still learning. For on that day when he comes, the Word will be the only place left to stand. And what a spacious, beautiful place it will be.
Now Is the Time to Stand Up
When my heart is heavy,
When my heart is convinced
And my eyes see the signs
That everything is meaningless—
That everything is lost,
I turn to my legs and whisper,
“Now is the time to stand up.”
May your words be the earth beneath me.
May your words be a snare
That keep me from the trap
Of believing only what I see,
Of believing the signs
But not the Signifier.
Now is the time to stand up.
NOTE TO READERS:
In case you missed the update Sunday here’s the plan. James was the not the best idea for Advent. We will begin that Jan 1. This week, I will be running the first week of Not Yet Christmas: It’s Time for Advent, a book I put together last year. If you would like to continue through Christmas I am inviting you to get your copy of the book here (SoftCover or Digital) Use the code DTADVENT for a 25% discount. And the offer stands, if you can’t afford a book at this time email me and I will be glad to send you a copy on the house.
- So how about you? What word are you standing on?
- What word would you like to be standing on?
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J.D. Walt serves as Seedbed’s Sower in Chief. firstname.lastname@example.org.