Bring on the Candles

Oh Ye Thankful People,

Are you thankful that Jesus will come again? Does it soothe your soul to think that the world we now live in will be no more?

In a commentary on Mark's gospel, Lamar Williamson tells this story- “In colonial New England a meeting of legislators was halted by a sudden eclipse, causing those present to panic and beg adjournment. But one said, "Mr. Speaker, if it is not the end of the world and we adjourn, we shall appear to be fools. If it is the end of the world, I should choose to be doing my duty. I move , sir, that candles be brought.”

In Mark 13:24-37, we hear a word from the Lord that sounds a bit threatening. Jesus is trying to create a sense of urgency among us. Do you ever wonder if we were created to react to “urgency”? Have you ever heard of BLACK FRIDAY? Black Friday is your chance to buy URGENTLY or forever regret the money you could have saved. Millions of dollars are spent creating a culture of urgency to get out there and shop until you drop. “Urgency”--like all other things human, it can be used for good or for ill. We were created to respond to urgency.

Let us reflect this Thanksgiving upon what we would do if Jesus were sitting next to us at the table. Would you want to go over the receipts from last year’s Black Friday shopping and boast of how this year will go even better? Maybe take Jesus to your storage shed and tell him all of your materialistic dreams? Do you think Jesus might want to stop and hang out with the homeless person you drive past on the way to your first store? Might Jesus question that the best use of money on Black Friday is the red kettle you go by as the masses press upon the store's front door?

Jesus is coming to dinner. He is with you every meal. “I move sir that candles be brought!”

Pastor David J. Jensen


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