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Wow! What beautiful work! It’s amazing that someone possessed the skill to make this!” I overheard this comment when visiting the grand cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris. Yes, it is indeed admirable, but I could not shake the feeling that we tourists had missed the point. While it represents...

God, I am often tempted to look for signs of what is to come in order to control that which I cannot know. Give me the faith to trust you when difficulties arise. May I see beyond my present circumstances. Amen.


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Lectionary Week
November 7–13, 2016
Scripture Overview

Isaiah 65:17-25 looks toward God’s creation of “new heavens and a new earth.” Jerusalem itself is not to be restored but created anew, a place in which life will be revered and protected and in which God will permit no harm to any of creation. The New Testament lessons remind us of the reality— the sometimes painful reality—of the present. Second Thessalo- nians 3:6-13 warns against the disorderly conduct of those who believe that the newness of the eschatological future permits them license in the present. Luke 21:5-19 adds an element of sobriety to the singing of new songs and the expectation of a new future. The faithful are called to bear witness to God’s future in the present, precisely when the new future cannot be seen and even when it seems most improbable.

Questions and Suggestions for Reflection

• Read Isaiah 65:17-25. How does the promise of the new heavens and new earth encourage to tell a new story?
• Read Psalm 118. Which story will you tell? The one of your captivity . . . or the one of your salvation?
• Read 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13. Where in your life do you need to be more disciplined so that you do not deceive yourself?
• Read Luke 21:5-19. What signs from God are you seeking instead of trusting in what you know about God’s character?

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"A few years ago, my sister, Anna, and I had a club called the Awesome Club.We had short meetings in a walk-in closet with stuffed animals and dolls. It was fun, but it didn’t have a real purpose. One day we decided that it would really make the club awesome if we followed the Golden Rule and did something to help others." Read more.