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Topic: Current Affairs (06/07/12)
TITLE: Just wanted to say ...
By Danielle King
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The Queen of England’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations will dominate the news today. A 12 tonne floating belfry will lead the pageant flotilla down the River Thames. 1,000 boats will take part and 10 musical barges will carry choirs and orchestras. Hoards of people will line the embankment to view the spectacle.
My laptop died in the night! Maybe I fell asleep again. I successfully resurrect it to my homepage news.
‘Our galaxy is on a collision course with its nearest neighbour Andromeda.’ Yikes! ‘The head-on crash is expected in 4 billion years.’ Phew! So there’s time for a coffee. I grope around my messy desk for my mug.
Next item – ‘Astonishing turn of events - Turkey sides with Russia over Syria - May force Israel attack against scuds.’ Alpha News Daily comments, ‘If true this could be a significant (and ominous) event in Bible Prophesy.’ I need Diazepam with the coffee I haven’t yet made!
I’m scratting around in my ‘stuff.’ I’m a hoarder of anything I may never need again. It’s genetic. I hate clutter but if anyone needs a relic or an old newspaper cutting you’ll find me with my two feet sticking out of a cardboard box.
Ah - here it is, my latest unearthing; my precious red diary. Concealed inside a toffee tin, carefully wrapped in newspaper dated 1965 and unceremoniously stuffed in the rafters of the loft. There, hung in cobwebs it has held my teenage secrets for 50 years.
I open it with trepidation. I almost hear a drum roll. What will I discover about this forgotten young lady?
January 1st, Saturday -Saw Jim in the coffee bar. Really like him. He has the most amazing eyes.
Sunday - Jim brought his mate Pete. He bought us cappuccino. Gone off Jim.
Monday - Really like Pete now. Thinks I’ve got a cute smile.
Tuesday - Fallen for Joe. He keeps looking my way. Gone off Pete. Don’t like his nose.
My boy obsession continues unashamedly. I flick through to July.
Sunday 1st - There’s these lads we’ve been talking to. They’re a bit weird, but they’ve asked us out – to a church supper? We’re going for a laugh!
Monday 2nd – Next Sunday we’ll be going to the Mission Hall service. I like the people. Very friendly!
Sunday 8th – Went to church. I’m scared. They say I need to be ‘saved.’
Sunday 14th – Today I gave my heart to the Lord Jesus. Not sure why he needs it though.
Sunday 21st – They want me to be baptised. Mom thinks they’re loopy. She got me done at 6 months.
Sunday 28th – Dating Dave, the pastor’s son.
Monday 29th - They have elders at this place. They say that in our lifetime, Jesus will take all the believers from the earth and the unsaved will be left behind. How could they know that? It’s freaky!
I pause to remember that frightened girl, bamboozled by the strange things she was hearing. I was press-ganged by Dave and friends, who assured me that Jesus could appear before I took another breath. Everything was in place. I must be ready.
Half a century later, soothsayers still predict the end of the world. 2012 is the recent calculation according to the Mayan calendar. Amongst Christians ‘End Times’ is topical and books and websites are devoted to the details.
Jesus is coming, without a doubt; but wait … Didn’t He tell us, ‘but of that day and hour knows no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.’*
How dare anyone speculate a time or a place! Are we meant to be obsessed with current affairs or simply to recognise the signs of the times and listen carefully to His Spirit’s leading?
Un-churched people are bewildered by world events. They need love and patient understanding when leading them to Christ. Scare tactics and table thumping just don’t sit right!
And when Jesus does come, He won’t be greeted like the Queen of England with cheering, flag waving crowds. He told us He would come like a ‘thief in the night.’
Ok - Rant over! I’ve got 4 billion years minus one day before Andromeda and our Milky Way galaxy bump heads. Now where did I put that coffee mug?
*King James Bible (2,000)
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