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“And there were flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder; and there was a great earthquake, such as there had not been since mankind came to be upon the earth, so great an earthquake was it, and so mighty” (Revelation 16:18).

There have been earthquakes and the number of them seems to be increasing.  We witness the birth pains.  The end will come, and it will not be a good day.  The Lord will make a new heaven and a new earth.  These things are shared with a reason so that You and I might believe.  We have the Creeds to tell us in whom to believe.  We have Scripture to tell us what to believe and how to behave.

Lord, You have provided all things necessary so that when the great and terrible day comes, whether it be my death, or the death of the earth, I shall be prepared.  I won’t like it, but I will be ready.  Guide me, Lord, so that in Your goodness and grace I may continue while there is time to prepare myself for all that is to come.  You know what is needed, I do not.  Help me to live with You leading and me following.

Lord Jesus, I have experienced so many things and I know there are so many more things that I need to experience.  Guide me in the way You would have me go.  Guide me to live in the truth which You have revealed and, knowing these things, humbly accept what You have set before me.  In Your grace and mercy, may all that You intend for me be accomplished in me according to the Father’s will.  Amen.