Thursday – Happily Ever After?

By Abby Hamm

    “But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds
with great power and glory. And then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.” Mark 13:24-27

   The Christmas movie “Elf” is watched all year long in the Hamm household. The masterful storytelling combined with Will Ferrell is a must for any rainy-day afternoon. Although I have watched this movie more than I’d like to admit, I am always stressed for Buddy near the end.

   Walter Hobbs has disowned him, he doesn’t belong in Santa’s workshop, and Christmas spirit is nonexistent. There doesn’t seem to be any possible way this could be resolved.

   This is how we feel in our daily lives. The evidence of brokenness has spilled into every aspect of who we are and the destruction is obvious. Broken marriages, an unwanted diagnosis, more bills to pay, fear of the future, and deep loneliness are all carnage left in the wake of this broken world. We look at our lives and we don’t see how any of this could possibly be resolved.

   Reading through Mark 13, your heart yearns for a happy ending to this series of unfortunate events. The list never seems to end, and you find yourself wanting to skip to the last few lines just to make sure there’s a “happily ever after” to this story.

   We need more than Christmas spirit to resolve the problems we face, but Jesus reminds his disciples (and us) that there is Good News. He is coming back, and when He does, He will redeem mankind.

   Read Mark 13: 24-27 to see for yourself the Good News. Pray that when there doesn’t seem to be any possible way your situation could be resolved, you would be reminded of the hope we have in Jesus’ return.

Bible Reading Plan - Day 154

Matt 11

Ps 118:13–29

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