11/24 - "Behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The
former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind."
(Isaiah 65:17 - NIV) In the Church Calendar, Sunday was the last
Sunday in the
Church Year. This causes us to turn our attention to the End Times.
Isaiah records the words of God concerning eternity - when the present
"heavens" and earth will be replaced with new ones - and remembrances of
this sinful world will no longer be. Thank God!
- "Oh, come, let us sing to the Lord....For the Lord is a great God,
and a great King above all gods." (Psalm 95:1a, 3 - ESV) At all
times, but especially when we think of the End Times, our thoughts and
songs of praise should be centered in and directed to our great God.
- "You know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief
in the night." (I Thess. 5:2 - NIV) As we think of the End Times,
Paul reminds us that we need to be prepared for that Day at all times,
because we do not know exactly when it will come - and not being
prepared is not the way we
want the Lord to find us. So live as if each day were that Day!
- "Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His holy
name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits."
(Psalm 103:1-2 - KJV) Today we take a break from thinking about the
End Times - and remember that today is Thanksgiving. What better time
to remember the words of the Psalmist in today's Reading! Indeed,
forget not ALL His benefits!
11/28 - "Watch,
therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour." (Matt. 25:13 -
ESV) As we close out this Church Year and begin a New Church Year on
Sunday, Jesus gives us another reminder to be prepared for the end of
time - either on Judgment Day - or when the Lord calls us "home"
individually! O Lord, help us to remain watchful for Your return!