And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not troubled; for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines, pestilences and earthquakes in various places: all this is but the beginning of the birth-pains (ὠδίνων). Then they will deliver you up to tribulation, and put you to death; and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake. And then many will fall away, and betray one another, and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because wickedness is multiplied, most men’s love will grow cold. But he who endures/has patience (ὑπομείνας) to the end will be saved.” (Mt 24: 6-13)

“Hearing” of wars and “rumors of wars,” as well as of various natural disasters is a large part of our modern-day experience, of the 24-hour news-cycle, isn’t it? But we shouldn’t be “troubled,” says the Lord, “for this must take place.” He also warns us that “most men’s love will grow cold” at some point, “because wickedness is multiplied.” Nonetheless, he who “endures” to the end will be saved. Endures in what? In love. More specifically, in the Source of Love, God.

Let me focus on God this morning, connecting with Him before I “connect” with everything and everyone else in the world-wide-web. God’s grace gives me His kind of stability and “peace from above,” even amidst the troubling news “from below.” God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change. Amen!

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