Strange Things

Strange things are happening,
things we fear,
things that seem odd,
events we don’t understand.

What do we do?
Search the internet
for answers?
See what the newspapers say?

Or do we stand
as God’s people
and wait
for what he is going to do?

We pray,
as every day
for the Kingdom to come
and to be ready when it does
whenever that is.

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Luke 21:25-36 (CEV)

When the Son of Man Appears

25 Strange things will happen to the sun, moon, and stars. The nations on earth will be afraid of the roaring sea and tides, and they won’t know what to do. 26 People will be so frightened that they will faint because of what is happening to the world. Every power in the sky will be shaken.  27 Then the Son of Man will be seen, coming in a cloud with great power and glory. 28 When all of this starts happening, stand up straight and be brave. You will soon be set free.

A Lesson from a Fig Tree

29 Then Jesus told them a story:

When you see a fig tree or any other tree 30 putting out leaves, you know that summer will soon come. 31 So, when you see these things happening, you know that God’s kingdom will soon be here. 32 You can be sure that some of the people of this generation will still be alive when all of this takes place. 33 The sky and the earth won’t last forever, but my words will.

A Warning

34 Don’t spend all of your time thinking about eating or drinking or worrying about life. If you do, the final day will suddenly catch you 35 like a trap. That day will surprise everyone on earth. 36 Watch out and keep praying that you can escape all that is going to happen and that the Son of Man will be pleased with you.

Longing to See You

Longing to see you,
to be with you
to work with you,
serve God with you.

Longing for love,
among us,
his love,
in him.

1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 (CEV)

How can we possibly thank God enough for all the happiness you have brought us? 10 Day and night we sincerely pray that we will see you again and help you to have an even stronger faith.

11 We pray that God our Father and our Lord Jesus will let us visit you. 12 May the Lord make your love for each other and for everyone else grow by leaps and bounds. That’s how our love for you has grown. 13 And when our Lord comes with all of his people, I pray that he will make your hearts pure and innocent in the sight of God the Father.

Let there be love

Remembering and Forgetting

I bring you
my heart,
my life,
my offering
to you.

You guide me,
lead me,
keep me safe.

You remember me,
know me,
better than I know myself.

But I ask you to forget
the stupid things I have done;
the things I have got wrong
or especially,
when I thought I was right;
the right things I didn’t do.
See me Lord
and not those things,
make me more than that,
better than that,
living in you.

Forget what I have been,
what I can be
and help me to live it.

And help me
to do the same with other people,
also known,
by you.

To You O Lord

Psalm 25:1-10 Psalm 25:1-10(CEV)

(By David.)

A Prayer for Guidance and Help

25 I offer you my heart, Lord God,
    and I trust you.
    Don’t make me ashamed
    or let enemies defeat me.
Don’t disappoint any
    of your worshipers,
    but disappoint all
    deceitful liars.
Show me your paths
    and teach me to follow;
    guide me by your truth
    and instruct me.
You keep me safe,
    and I always trust you.

Please, Lord, remember,
    you have always
    been patient and kind.
Forget each wrong I did
    when I was young.
    Show how truly kind you are
    and remember me.
You are honest and merciful,
    and you teach sinners
    how to follow your path.

You lead humble people
to do what is right
    and to stay on your path.
10 In everything you do,
    you are kind and faithful
    to everyone who keeps
    our agreement with you.