Make Your Difference Now

Yes, it is coming and shall be fulfilled,
says the Lord God. This is the day I have decreed.

Ezekiel 39:8

During our prior visits to Israel, we visited Megiddo-Armageddon. This time, other sites were added to our itinerary. As a result, we did a slow drive-by of this location. This didn’t disappoint me. You see, that beautiful park is said to be the eventual setting of the final battle at the end of the world. Biblical references to the end times have never drawn me in. This world is a difficult place. I can’t imagine that this world’s “last days” can bring any worse than the atrocities so many have suffered throughout human history. So it is that I look beyond these references to more hopeful passages. It is my hope for better things to come which sustains me.

The optimist in me is convinced that, if I am present for this final unraveling of human history, it will end in God’s favor. Though more fundamental believers will cringe at my next sentence, I would be dishonest if I didn’t write it. I cannot concern myself with the end times because the most important times in my life are the series of moments I’m given today and every day. It’s up to me to use every one of those moments to love and to appreciate God’s gifts to me and to love and care for my neighbor as myself.

Of course, what happens in the end is important. However, what we do before the end is just as important. We really can make all of the difference in the world!

Compassionate God, only you know where we are headed. Be with us every step of the way.

©2020 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

In The End…

Yes, it is coming and shall be fulfilled,
says the Lord God. This is the day I have decreed.

Ezekiel 39:8

When I saw Megiddo-Armageddon on our itinerary, I quickly researched this site. I discovered that the Megiddo National Park is a World Heritage Site. This designation was rendered for reasons far beyond the area’s obvious reference to the end of the world.

Biblical references to the end times have never drawn me in. This world is a difficult place. I can’t imagine that this world’s “last days” can be any worse than what we’ve experienced ourselves and via the daily news-feed from around the world. So it is that I look beyond these references to more hopeful passages. It is my hope for better things to come which sustains me.

While in Israel, I learned that Megiddo has been of serious importance for millenniums. It’s strategic location incited many nations to control Megiddo which resulted in numerous battles and wars. Each time, this precious acreage served its occupants well. Archaeological excavations have revealed 26 layers of ruins which include temples, luxurious palaces, impressive forts and complex water systems. Still, in spite of this illustrious history, some Christians consider Megiddo (“Armageddon” is likely derived from its Hebrew name) to be the future site of the final battle between God and the forces of evil. Others say this battle will be a world-wide conflict.

Again, I admit that neither scenario draws me in. The optimist in me is convinced that if I’m present for this unraveling, it will end in God’s favor. Though more fundamental believers will cringe at my next sentence, I would be dishonest if I didn’t write it. I cannot concern myself with the end times because the most important times in my life are the series of present moments I’m given every day. It’s up to me to use every one of them to love and appreciate God’s gifts to me and to love and care for my neighbor as myself.

Compassionate Creator, you give us all that we need. In return, we will care for your gifts and for one another as you do.

©2017 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved