129 dead in Paris terror attacks. Over 40 dead in twin terror attacks in Beirut. Last week was brutal. It was tragic. It was unacceptable. Add to last week's global attacks the more than 50 Americans who die each day by homicide and we find we live in a world where video games have become real. It is tempting to turn off the news and crawl into bed, pulling the covers over our heads, staying there as long as we possibly can. Of course, we cannot do that. Daily, we must face the reality of violence in our world, fed by the fuel of hatred. Where do we turn when lives are being snuffed out with alarming regularity? We turn to the one who holds the earth in healing, peace and love. This one has endured the ultimate deadly violence so that death is not the final word for this world. To the Lord Jesus has been given dominion over all the earth. His dominion is "an everlasting dominion that shall not pass away, and his kingship is one that shall never be destroyed" (Daniel 7:13-14). In the promise of Christ's resurrection, we pray for a world where swords shall be beaten into plowshares. We do everything we can to be peacemakers in our homes, our jobs, our schools and our communities. And we trust in Christ to complete the work he has come here to do, bringing the promised day when there will be no more death in this world.
Sunday is Christ the King Sunday. In anticipation of that commemoration, I offer these two links, both based on Dylan Thomas' poem, And Death Shall Have No Dominion:
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. He shall reign forever and ever.
Happy Thanksgiving! That will be the greeting many will share this Saturday at 3:00 pm at St. Mark. You all are invited to a delicious meal of turkey, dressing and all the fixings as St. Mark continues this yearly tradition of feeding its neighbors. If you know someone in the Willis area who needs a ride to the dinner or who is homebound and would enjoy a meal delivered, please let Billy Motley (553-1788) or Jean Harman (789-7860) know so we can prepare to serve them. As we gather together on Saturday or next Thursday, may we pause to thank God for providing all we need to live full and fruitful lives.
And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit. – 2 Corinthians 3:18
Yours in Christ,