The Day of the Lord

by Mike Ratliff

“Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then will appear in heaven the sign of the Son of Man, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, at the very gates.” (Matthew 24:29-33 ESV)

I have a calendar in my office at work from one of our hospitals. I choose it because I am passionate about my favorite hobby, which is photography. This calendar has a beautiful photo for each month of the types of pictures I like to take. However, someone also put a philosophical saying on each one that in some cases takes away any delight I have in looking at the picture. April this year has a stream running through a meadow. The water is from snowmelt and is running very fast around trees. I like the picture, but the phase this month is a quote from Mahatma Gandhi, which is nearly word-for-word what I have been reading on the emergent/missional web pages describing why they are seeking this “new reformation.” Gandhi’s statement was, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” Continue reading