It is five o'clock on a Saturday afternoon and the bells of St. Agnes Parish Church down the street are ringing out victoriously. As if it were not a miserable raining, windy October day. As if it were not the final raucous wrap-up "oompah" night at the Oktoberfest beer halls in Kitchener-Waterloo. As if one of our most respected corporate citizens Research in Motion (of Blackberry phone fame) had not gone through one of its worst weeks with massive systems control malfunctions. As if the province had not just had an election offering no real change and the worst voter turnout in decades. As if the investment elite of the Western World had not been shaken by massive protests in front of their exchanges. As if the number of insolvent nations with their pockets turned out had not increased. As if Ashton Kucher had not left Demi Moore. As if the majestic polar bear had not lost too many ice-flows supporting his travel and hunt.
But the bells ring out, one almost tripping over the one before, eager to voice their excitement and praise. The mess here is temporary. The promised peace and purpose with Christ are without end. And His coming is closer.
We hear Paul say in Philippians 4:
4Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.
5Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
6Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.