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Fill Your Lamps

Each day as we go about our routine we take for granted the devices, structures and the institutions that enable us to do so. We are amazed by their complexity and just accept the fact that they work. Most of the time they do, even though we are not sure how or why. Many have been in service for a long time, continue to function as intended, and we have come to rely on them. One day when Jesus and some of his disciples were walking in the vicinity of the great temple at Jerusalem one of them commented on it size and magnificence. Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21. Jesus did not disagree,( it was one of the most remarkable buildings of the time) but he said this is all only temporary, in fact it’s going to be brought down. At the time this must have seemed unthinkable, and yet not to many years later that’s exactly what happened. We live in an age when it’s easy to be in awe of the works of mankind, complicated systems and devices are in place which enable the population of the world to go about doing almost whatever they wish to do, and often statements are made which echo the words of Nebuchadnezzar, “Is not this great Babylon, which I have built”. It would seem that we are currently receiving a reminder as to just how fragile the works of man are. Just consider the effects of this microscopic virus from a place far away. Spreading around the globe it has drastically altered the daily routine of billions of people, affecting virtually every facet of human endeavor. And while millions of dedicated health care workers around the world battle mightily to control the spread and tend to the sick,( for which efforts we should be truly grateful), the situation is speaking to all who will listen of the temporary nature of the works of man and of our fragile frame. Surely a reminder to fill our lamps, have a little extra, stay alert and listen. Since its apparent that the announcement of the coming of the Bridegroom can come at any time and from any direction.

Dave Snobelen,
Saanich, BC

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