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Jesus said to his disciples: “There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on earth nations will be in dismay, perplexed by the roaring of the sea and the waves.People will die of fright in anticipation of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. But when these signs begin to happen, stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand.
“Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life, and that day catch you by surprise like a trap. For that day will assault everyone who lives on the face of the earth. Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man.”
Will you be standing with your head up when the Son of Man comes? Will you be alert and ready? It is so easy to become drowsy and unaware of what is happening in the world. If you keep your heart and mind focused on the Son of Man you will be ready.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to keep my focus on you and not on the world. When I am in pain I become distracted from you and focus only on me. Help me Father to offer it all for you. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
To you, O Lord, I lift my soul.