“Stay wide-awake in prayer. Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it…. That way, God’s bright presence will be evident in everything through Jesus, and he’ll get all the credit as the One mighty in everything—encores to the end of time. Oh, yes! 1 Peter 4:7,10,11
“The sky is falling!” That’s what Chicken Little (aka Henny Penny) declared after being hit on the head by an acorn. The chick caused hysteria announcing the world was coming to an end. Versions of this story I heard as a child has been repeated for more than twenty-five centuries. In 2005, Disney brought the story to the big screen as a movie.
The river bank by Dunnings Creek has many tall trees—mostly oaks, hickory and walnut. As autumn approaches, the river is changing, more clear and calm. Fallen leaves are floating to their resting place for the decaying process to begin. Fewer fish are jumping, but instead, I hear the plop, plop of walnuts and hickory nuts splashing into the water. Where I sit by the river, nuts drop all around me, but so far none have landed on my head.
There are predictions of when the world will end, but people who have tried to pin-point the date have ended up looking a bit like Chicken Little, assumed to just be plain crazy. No one knows when the world will end, but until then, we can live in the shelter of the Lord to the end of time.
Lord, teach us to love each other. Amen.