Saturday, January 14, 2017

Be Prepared!

I was reading a blog post about the 2nd Coming and it reminded me I needed to write about a little piece of paper found in my neighbor's yard.

"Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect."--Matthew 24:44.

My neighbors' house blew up, literally, from a gas line. The sweet elderly couple had just come home and sat down in their chairs when BOOM! Their lives and their entire house was blown away, in the blink of an eye. At the time I was at a funeral home 15 or so miles away (my aunt had passed away). I saw the smoke as I was leaving town. As I neared home I met firetrucks and other emergency vehicles. I stopped at my son's house (next to mine) to see what was happening. BOOM! the explosions continued. The air was filled with strange colored smoke and ash. My daughter in law was home with the baby, but her husband, my son, a fireman, was at work in town. My other son was there, though. They both told me how scary it was, how their houses shook when it happened. Tiny pieces of insulation covered my nearby neighbors' yard. There was nothing discernible in all the grayness, save one tiny piece of paper.
Always Be Prepared
"Always Be Prepared" it says. The torn paper shows two bracelets (I think) made of pearls with jewels.... "Free shipping".... to the pearly gates? Or do the bracelets symbolize the two who passed away? Were they sending a warning? Why was this the ONLY thing found in a huge yard filled with ash? My pasture and my son's yard were also covered in the insulation/ash, but nothing else. It gave me chill bumps when I heard about this.
A closer view
Some people think that the "end times" are here. There is so much division in this country--racial, religious and political! People are murdering, looting and burning to protest what they see as police targeting black people; Neo Nazi and white extremists have murdered good Christians and harrassed multi-racial families. School aged kids have bullied other kids on social media to the point where they commit suicide or shoot down other students in our schools. People have used social media to make criminals seem innocent or heroic; some football players refuse to stand for our National Anthem, and liberals have burned our precious US flag, as well as our president-elect in effigy, to protest their disapproval of a legal election. People should instead pray for our new president. People have forgotten that love heals all. People have forgotten to be KIND to each another!

I believe that fear is a big factor in our country's divisions---fear of a president who is not a politician, fear of violent hate groups, both black and white, and fear of Isis. The media perpetuates these fears. Some people think there will be a black and white race war. Some actually think the new POTUS will throw them out of the country just because of their race. In the name of religion people have been beheaded. Some believe that Isis could be the beast in Bible prophecy. Escape All These Things's post, Is Isis in Bible Prophecy. Yes, Their End! states the opinion that "Islam's role ends when the Antichrist arises, just like all religions and ideologies roles will, including Communism. They must because with the help of the last pope, the Antichrist convinces the world that he is God (2Th 2:4) (not Christ). The religion will not be worship of Allah, but worship of the Antichrist himself as God on earth. The government will not be communism either but obviously a religious dictatorship or (twisted) theocracy."

In the Parable of the Ten Virgins. in Matthew 25, five virgins were wise and had oil for their lamps. They were ready when the groom returned at midnight, while the other five virgins were foolish, away buying oil. When they returned it was too late, the door was closed.

"Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh."-- Matthew 25:13, King James version. 

Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning!

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Wynne Huddleston is a poet, musician and teacher. Her first book of poetry, From the Depths of Red Bluff, ISBN: 978-0-9840483-2-8, published by the Mississippi Poetry Society, Inc., is now available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Ms. Huddleston is the Mississippi Poetry Society 2014 Poet of the Year. Her poetry has been published in numerous publications including the Birmingham Arts Journal, Camroc Press Review, Stymie Magazine, Danse Macabre, Orange Room Review, New Fairy Tales Anthology, Ink, Sweat & Tears, and Four and Twenty. Her poem, Same Stars, Different Houses received a Pushcart Nomination from Deep South Magazine. Awards include the 2013 MPS Award, and Winner of the Grandmother Earth National Contest 2010 for Environmental Poetry. Ms. Huddleston was born in Lone Star, Texas, but has lived in Mississippi most of her life. She has been an elementary music teacher for 25 years, and has 2 grown sons, and 2 grandchildren.