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God Is Able!
Topic Started: Nov 15 2009, 08:16 AM (578 Views)
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Daniel 12:1-3; Psalms 16:5,8-11; Hebrews 10:11-14,18;
Mark 13:24-3

"The sun will be darkened, the moon will lose its brightness, the stars will come falling from Heaven ..." (Mark 13:24,25).

The late Muriel Lester was an amazing woman. As a teen-ager she quit the busy round of social life in London and rented a humble room because she wanted to serve the poor. Out of this small beginning came "Kingsley Hall." It is one of the best-known rehabilitation centers of recent times and has restored health and hope to a great many people. Because Muriel Lester especially was concerned about the problem of alcohol, she built Kingsley Hall in the midst of an area containing no less than thirty saloons. She was so effective at bringing rehabilitation and hope to others that people came from all over the world to study with her, and to learn from her. As she moved into advanced years, her concern about our world-situation deepened. A letter she wrote to a friend in the U.S. reflects this. She wrote, in part:

How can the world recover? Is it moving its last time around the sun? I know God has other worlds and, probably, wonderful beings, managing better than we to preserve their worlds from the absurd super-sensitivity and pride that start us grumbling and pitying ourselves - -and resenting others so much that eventually it leads to the murder and torture of children via war. I will interrupt this letter while I get ready for Church. I must not hurry at all-ever-else the pain comes. What a lot we learn as our bodies grow older and more stubborn! But what a wonderful increase of joy and serenity!

This excerpt reflects a deeply sensitive Christian woman's concern about our world and her feeling about the end of the world (which the Bible talks so much about). But the really poignant thing about the letter is the postscript, added by her nurse. It reads, "Half an hour after writing this letter, Muriel Lester died. She was writing about the end of the world not knowing that while she wrote, she was making her own last turn around the sun."

In today's Gospel Lesson, Jesus depicts a series of future events so fearful as to cause us to contemplate our own last turn around the sun.

Jesus tells us to expect trials of every sort. He speaks of a time when "the sun will be darkened, the moon will lose its brightness, the stars will come falling from Heaven..." (Mk.13:24,25,26).

"As for that day or hour," Jesus says, "Nobody knows it ...

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