Scripture: Mark 13:28-37
Key verses: (24-26)
24 “But in those days, after that suffering,
The sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light,
25 and the stars will be falling from heaven,
and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.
26 Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in clouds’ with great power and glory.
Reflection: My daughter insisted that we go and see the solar eclipse. I would have been fine live-streaming it on the NASA site. People gathered all along the line projected to see the eclipse. Highways were crowded, small towns were at capacity and the beaches, fields and mountaintops were packed. One to two minutes of complete darkness. It was incredible if a bit anti-climactic but it was an overwhelming community event. No one talked politics, people shared food like it was the feeding of the 5,000 and laughter was everywhere. In the moments leading up to the eclipse, the crowd hushed with anticipation and then you could almost feel the silent awe and wonder during the eclipse.
Even as the darkness fell on the crowd, we knew the sun would come back. We also have nothing to fear because we know that God is sovereign over darkness as well as light. I looked at the crowd and wished we could face all darkness that enters our lives in this same way. Gathering together as a community from all over with good food, laughter, and hope.
Prayer: In moments of darkness, God bring us together in faith and hope. Remind us that we are never alone. As others near us move in and out of dark moments, help us be perceptive to notice. Be with us this day and every day, Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].