Luke 21:26 -  People will be terrified at what they see coming upon the earth, for the powers in the heavens will be shaken. (NLT)

ABC’s, Good Morning America® welcomed the day, opening their show with their happy theme song then showing bomb, sniffing dogs searching intently throughout New York’s airports. All week governmental officials have received terrorist threats that's made them nervous. Meanwhile, I don’t think the little town I live in has missed a beat. It’s not that we don’t care, it just that it takes something like jets running into skyscrapers to make us feel the affect here.

Terror. It’s part of the plan, you know. None of this has taken God by surprise and He’s not nervous. He warned us this was coming. Now, it's here. With all our inventions and gadgets to make life sweet, we're still filled with terror. Everywhere, people are terror-fied! And you know what? It’s going to get worse.

The terror is somewhat like a young mother giving birth to her child. She read the books, but reading words is nothing like the real thing. “THIS,” she insists, “is hard!" I suppose that's why they called it “labor.” And I imagine it’s easier to write about than experience.

Later, labor turns to joy

“All these are the beginning of birth pains” (Matthew 24:8).

“It will be like a woman suffering the pains of labor. When her child is born, her anguish gives way to joy because she has brought a new baby into the world” (John 16:21).

When I speak, sometimes I quote a text from The Message® . Often I follow the quote by telling everyone I didn’t open up with this translation because there wouldn’t be anything left for me to say. Today, on this Terror-Alert filled day, I’m just going to let this text from The Message® finish it off. Nothing needs to be said after this.

"It will seem like all hell has broken loose--sun, moon, stars, earth, sea, in an uproar and everyone all over the world in a panic, the wind knocked out of them by the threat of doom, the powers-that-be quaking.

"And then-then!--they'll see the Son of Man welcomed in grand style a glorious welcome! When all this starts to happen, up on your feet. Stand tall with your heads high. Help is on the way!" (Luke 21:25-28).

HALLELUJAH!  Oops. Sorry...I just couldn't keep quiet after that one.

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