Tuesday, December 5, 2000
"But about that day or hour no one knows,
neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the
(Mark 13:32 NRSV)
I remember reading about a man in New
England in 1938 who went into a store and bought a new
barometer, which he took home and proudly placed in his office
window. When it was hung he consulted it anxiously to see what
the weather would be like that day. Lo and behold the barometer
said "hurricane." Here he was in New England and the
idea of a hurricane seemed absurd to him. So he grabbed that
barometer in a huff and rushed back down to the store to return
it. The store clerk asked, "What's the matter?"
He said, "Here I've traveled all this way
to this store to buy this barometer and it's reading
The store owner said, "Oh, I'll happily
refund your money."
He got his money back and started the long
journey home. By the time he got home, his house had blown away
because of the hurricane that hit New England in 1938.
People are always looking for signs concerning
Christ's return. We do not know when our time will come, but we
do live in anticipation that God will fulfill God's promise of
giving us eternal salvation.
God of peace, thank you for the prince of
peace who brings salvation to all. Amen.