Thursday, August 1, 2013

Almost/Not Yet

Most of us have a memory or two of family trips we took when we were children. Excitement filled our hearts as we began the trip. Then, after awhile, boredom and restlessness would set in and everyone became anxious and angry and wondered why we ever left home. No matter where we were going or how long it took, someone would ask the question, “Are we there yet?” It is a question that is handed down from one generation to the next and one family to another. It’s part of every journey.

And the answer was and still is the same: “Almost” or “Not yet.” It reminds us of the fact that life is indeed a journey and we are never sure where or when it will end.It is difficult to face the uncertainties of life wondering when there will be some final resolution to the issues that surround us and threaten us constantly. We are troubled when we see injustice and feel deceived. We want to be free from the fear and threat of terrorism and enjoy the reign of peace and joy. We hear of wars and rumors of wars. We are forced to face the fact that conflict and crises pervade our world and disturb our lives. And the peace that the leaders of this world promise us, never comes.

So we call on God and ask, “Are we there yet? Is it time for Your return?” And He answers, “Almost. Not yet. My time has not come. You and I still have work to do.”

As we Christians have His light in this darkness and His hope in the midst of despair, we must share this gift of light and hope with others so they can pray with us...

Prayer: “O Lord, the God Who saved us, day and night we cry out to You. May our prayers come before You; turn Your ear to our cry!” Grant us Your peace through Christ. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Psalm 88:1-2 Lord, you are the God who saves me; day and night I cry out to you. May my prayer come before you; turn your ear to my cry.

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