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Luke 21:5-11 – When some were speaking about the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to God, [Jesus] said, "As for these things that you see, the days will come when not one stone will be left upon another; all will be thrown down." They asked him, "Teacher, when will this be, and what will be the sign that this is about to take place?" And he said, "Beware that you are not led astray; for many will come in my name and say, 'I am he!' and, 'The time is near!' Do not go after them. When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end will not follow immediately." Then he said to them, "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and plagues; and there will be dreadful portents and great signs from heaven." (NRSV)

I was visiting a member of my congregation when she said, "Let's have coffee." A few minutes later, we were savouring coffee with cheese and crackers. I looked at the cup and asked her where the mug had come from and what it meant. The deep red mug had a crown, and below was written, "Keep Calm and Carry On". She told me the story of where the saying had come from. During World War II, Britain expected an imminent invasion from Europe. In preparation, thousands of flyers were distributed across the country which instructed people to remain calm and go about their daily routines no matter what happened. It was an inspiring story that I had never heard, and I thanked her.

It wasn't long before a package arrived on my desk, and inside was my very own "Keep Calm" coffee cup. Yes, it still reminds me to carry on when so much is happening in the world that seems overwhelming: economic and social crisis, a pandemic, unrest in so many places, and of course "wars and rumours of wars". We are not called to hide from such events, but we are invited to carry on, knowing that we belong to Christ and that He remains with us always.

Prayer: Help us, God, to find a peace that passes our understanding, even in the most difficult of days. When events around us seek to overwhelm us, enable us to hear Your voice and carry on with the important things of life. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Amen Kenn!

    Good advice, Kenn.

    Reassuring words, thanks Kenn. God bless!

    Thanks for sharing. I did not know where that saying came from either.

    Thank you for sharing.
    One day at a time.

    Hi Kenneth,
    Your message rocked the park! Thank you.

    Thanks for the education. Especially needed NOW!

    Hi Kenn,
    Yet again another fine and helpful devotional! THANK YOU!

    Thanks, Kenn for a wonderful devotion today. We all need to keep calm and carry on with the LORD.

    Thank you, Ken, for sharing this encouraging devotional with us. Yes! Let’s keep calm and carry on! Blessings.

    Thanks, Kenn.
    Good word for now… keep calm. (do not fear) and carry on!
    Shalom Kenn. Keep calm, carry on.

    Thank you, Ken,
    Recently, I’ve been needing some encouragement to not give up.

    Thank you for today’s devotional. I needed to be reminded today to not get caught up in the world’s events and worry about them. I need to trust God more that we will get through this. Thank you again.

    We have enjoyed your Devotional.
    You may enjoy this saying:
    Life is filled with toil and trouble,
    Two things only stand like stone;
    Kindness in another’s troubles,
    Courage in your own.

    Thanks for this practical and positive message.
    Yes! These are difficult times, and we need to hold on to the inner peace that we have in Christ “Not as the world gives.”
    Bless you in your ministry in Nova Scotia, where there are many needs, with the cases of Covid climbing.

    Greetings Kenn,
    Many thanks for your very reassuring devotional today. Yes, when we have the Lord in our life, we can go to Him with whatever we face and know that in His hands all will be cared for and will reap the best outcome.
    He is the one to give us calm and peace of mind.
    Blessings for your writings.

    Dear Kenn,
    I want to thank you for the encouraging words of your inspiring Devotional… words that we need to hear right now! I am reading a historical novel about England during World War 2 right now, and those coffee mug words are so appropriate for us as we wage our own war on many levels against the pandemic!
    Blessings and Appreciation.

    Dear Kenn,
    Well let us all remember to “Keep Calm and Carry On”. That definitely is what God want us to do. He want to carry our burdens and to have a good relationship with every one of us. Reminders are always good things to jog our memories and keep us going. Thanks for sharing part of your story and the kindness of one person helps you to remember. As I join with you in your prayer, may God helps us all to remember what is truly important and that is to spread the good news. May many blessings come your way.

    Thank you Kenn for your sharing.
    It’s the message of today, for sure.

    Thanks Kenn,
    Good reminder that we are to acknowledge our blessings and be grateful.

    Thank you, Kenn, for this message. I sure needed it today, even if I am a week late in reading it.
    Hope all is well with you and your family.

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