“Taking the child by the hand, He said to her Talitha kum! (which translated means, “little girl, I say to you, rise up!”
From Super Bowl 51 to the heavily charged politics which have polarized the nation in the past few days and months it seems like the slogan “rise up” has become the mantra of just about everyone these days. With words that demand action, it is becoming more than likely that the struggle that the nation has found itself embroiled in will continue long after the struggle on the football field is over tomorrow.
I listened to someone the other day that likened the times in which we are currently living to both 1861 and 1941. The start of the Civil War and the start of WWII. The climate both home and abroad eerily similar to the days that preceded the start of both of those conflicts. We’ve all heard the saying that “history, if we do not learn from it is destined to repeat itself” and sadly, we are dangerously close to that being true. A fact that should give everyone pause for thought …. for a divided nation is a weak nation ….. and our enemies are not fools.
I’ve wondered what a Civil War might look like in our day and time. The Union blues and the Confederate greys, the blast of cannon smoke …. ghosts of the past revisiting our homes, our streets our cities. The conflict as you remember was a bitter one ….. one that pitted sometimes father against son, brother against brother and friend against friend (Facebook) in our day and time. And while now its primarily a war of words it has the become increasingly violent and will continue to be so until the conflict begins in earnest. A thought which makes me very sad and should be troubling to all.
Do people really know what they are asking? (Those who are inciting violence, rebellion and anarchy). No wonder Jesus said, “blessed are the peacemakers”.
I’m thinking now of one of our most endearing Patriotic songs:
O beautiful for spacious skies, For amber waves of grain, For purple mountains majesties above the fruited plain! America! America! God shed his grace on thee, And crown thy good with brother hood from sea to shining sea!
The thought of this once blessed and fruitful land being torn asunder is heart wrenching. And while I mourn in my spirit the dying of this great nation, I am comforted by knowing that even in these tumultuous times things are not beyond the grasp of our heavenly Father and are in fact, well within his control. A sign I believe, (all things considered) that the bridegroom Jesus is very near to speaking these words to the young maiden who is destined to be his bride and like the little girl he called forth from death to life will say these words – rise up!
My beloved spoke and said to me, “Arise, my love, my beautiful one and come away with me!” Song of Songs 2:10
Yes, friends …. we are going home soon!
“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem they shall prosper who love thee” Psalm 122:6
Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus! Cindy