March 2, 2022
I don’t think any of us would have imagined the state of our world these past few days. Yes, we might have anticipated raging wild fires (more in California), floods (East Australia inundated), famines (Yemen and Tigray), and ongoing regional conflicts (Sudan and Ethiopia), but who would have thought we’d see Putin savagely ravaging Ukraine with almost universal push-back from the world? As I write President Biden is about to give his first State of the Union address. Undoubtedly, we’ll hear “The State of our union us strong”, but that has got to be a relative statement. Our world is fraught.
Jesus warned us there’s coming a day of “wars and rumours of wars… nation rising against nation…kingdom against kingdom…famines and earthquakes in various places” (Matthew 24:6,7), but these would be “the beginning of birth pains”, precursor to the end of days and the Lord’s return. Maybe we’re there. The hope of the church, the “Parousia” may be at the door. In the meantime, we pray for the beleaguered Ukrainian citizens so bravely defending their homeland. And we pray for similarly distressed Russian citizens who suffer the consequences of unbalanced leadership.
Even so,”Come Lord Jesus”.