Well, it’s 9:00 am and so far no sign of the rapture. Either that’s just an indication of the kind of people I hang out with, or, a misguided, would-be prophet was wrong… again!
While I might not understand why it is that people like Harold Camping insist on setting dates for the end times, something that Jesus himself said he did not know (Matthew 24:36), I do know that we are called to live as though Jesus’ return is immanent. After all, even though we all hope to live a long time, there are an infinite number of things that can go wrong and interfere with that hope.
People living in Slave Lake, AB saw parts of their lives end suddenly in wildfires this past week. People in southern Manitoba, and throughout the Mississippi floodplain have had their hopes drowned in ways that few of us can even imagine. And can anyone truly get their head around earthquake, tsunami, and subsequent nuclear disaster that our brothers and sisters in Japan have endured? And what of our loved ones who hear bad news pronounced over them in the doctor’s office one month and the words of commendation in a funeral the next?
People’s worlds end all the time, but we are not without hope…