Thursday, July 30, 2020

A Very Big Event (and prep preceding it)

I know a person doesn't need to paint weathered, peeling surfaces
or wash mil-dewy soffits or snip-trim-edge-scrub-a-dub-dub,
 but when preparing to host A Big Event it does give one the motivation
 to blow the dust off an ever-growing should-do list and git-er-done! 
What is the Big Event, you wonder? Jim's mom's 89th birthday!
(So the families I do childcare for were gracious and found alternative childcare this week )

We gladly go a lot of extra miles and pay attention to details 
we otherwise would not when prepping for An Event. 
Then amidst merry chatter and laughter and "long-time-no-see!" 
(many not since Christmas because of Covid-19) the event passes.
There is a Very Big Event of Great Importance impending...which will never pass!!
How are we preparing for That Day?!


Blow the trumpet in Zion;
    sound the alarm on my holy hill.
Let all who live in the land tremble,
    for the day of the Lord is coming.
It is close at hand—
Joel 2:1

"Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. 
And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn 
when they see the Son of Man coming 
on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.

An oldie but as relevant as ever!!!

Nearer and ever nearer draws that great and glorious day
When then at last the burdens of love’s laws are borne away
In power and great glory on the clouds He will appear
And the whole world will mourn in awe and holy, holy fear

Nearer and ever nearer draws that dark and dreadful Day
When all who have not yet believed behold too late, too late
In horror and repentance they will call on rock and mount
To hide them from the One to whom we all will give account

Nearer and ever nearer draws that Day; then watch and pray
Lest by the lure of 'litter' we are blindly drawn away
In prayer and supplication let us make our calling sure
So on that great and dreadful Day God's grace keeps us secure

© Janet Martin

Luke 21:36
Watch ye therefore, and pray always,
that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass,
and to stand before the Son of man.

 (preparation instructions)
2 Peter 1:3-21

Confirming One’s Calling and Election

His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life 
through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.
  Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, 
so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, 
having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; 
and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; 
and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness;  
and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 
 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, 
they will keep you from being ineffective 
and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 
 But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, 
forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.
10 Therefore, my brothers and sisters,[a] make every effort to confirm your calling and election. 
For if you do these things, you will never stumble, 
11 and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom 
of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Prophecy of Scripture

12 So I will always remind you of these things, 
even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have.
  13 I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body, 
14 because I know that I will soon put it aside, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me.  
15 And I will make every effort to see that after my departure 
you will always be able to remember these things.
16 For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you 
about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 
 17 He received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”[b] 
18 We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven 
when we were with him on the sacred mountain.
19 We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, 
and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, 
until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 
20 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture 
came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. 
21 For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, 
spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

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