Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Last Days

“‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares,

that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh,

and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,

and your young men shall see visions,

and your old men shall dream dreams;

even on my male servants and female servants

in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy. Acts 2:17-18

These are the last few days of spring and the last few days we have to spend with our family on the east coast. We spent part of today out in the fields picking strawberries with our grand daughter Lilly and her Mom and Dad. It was a muggy, warm day, almost fully summer but still holding on as late spring harvests were going on. The lettuce was abundant and the heat wasn't yet threatening to make it go to seed. These last days are precious and wondrous.

We hear, the the reading from the Acts, that the crowd is overwhelmed by the disciples outpourings. Peter calms them by quoting scripture and promising that these days were new but that they had been promised a long time ago. The Creator is in charge of the world, always giving power and voice to the unexpected. The joy of living in the last days, when they happen, is that we are on the cusp of a new season and a new age. We are invited to be fearless trusting that God has all our days in hand.

Today I ask God to guide our steps and the journey ahead. May we treasure each of these days, understanding that we are on the cusp of a new age, a new season breaking through. May God give us all the strength to love the days we have and the people we have been given, today.

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