Mark 1:15 – "The time has come," [John] said. "The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!" (NIV)

Can you feel it? The air is electric with promise as Jesus begins his ministry. "The kingdom of God is at hand!" Literally, so close you can reach out and (almost) touch it!

Every Advent we read these words. Do they electrify us? God's reign is near to us. Every moment, every turning of our path can be an opening to it. We just need to look for the signs that God is present and active.

    Thy kingdom come— on bended knee
    The passing ages pray;
    And faithful souls have longed to see
    On earth that kingdom's day.

Yes! We long to see clear signs, a bright light on the horizon. But listen:

    But the slow watches of the night
    Not less to God belong,
    And for the everlasting right
    The silent stars are strong.

Darkness and silence can't shut it out. God's reign is nearer than we know.

    And lo! already on the hills
    The flags of dawn appear…

The signs really are there!

    Gird up your loins, ye prophet souls,
    Proclaim the day is near.

Get ready to run, and tell the gospel. Today, share some electrifying words of promise with someone near you.

Prayer: Make me a prophet soul, O God. Give me courage to announce the nearness of your reign. Amen.

About the author:

Laurence DeWolfe
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

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