Today's Gospel: Luke 21:5-11 We’re barely a week out from Thanksgiving, and Christmas is around the corner. Retailers remind us this is the “most wonderful time of the year”. Today’s Gospel reading, though, doesn’t quite point to that. I don’t know about you, but it sounds frightening! Wars. Famines. False prophets. Earthquakes. Plagues. If you think about it, this is basically a history of our world. There have always been terrible times and natural disasters, and even if we should be caught up in one, Jesus sees us through, giving us the strength we need at the very moment we need it. But God doesn’t want us to live our lives in fear of the future. He’s not requiring us to ask “Is this the sign?” or “Are we in the ‘end times’ yet?” every time we hear of some new tragedy on the news. God does want us to be prepared, to live and act as if every day is our last, and most importantly, to trust Him as He holds each one of us in the palm of His hand.


Do I trust in God in every moment and through every crisis in my life? Or am I living in a state of fear and distrust?


Dear Jesus, help me to not focus on the end of times, but on the time You have given me, right at this very moment. Help me to trust in You!
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