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Is it Worse Now?

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I Wonder … Is it Worse Now? 

Jesus mentioned an increase in wickedness would mark the End of the Age. Is wickedness increasing or do we just have better media coverage?

 I live in Mid-America where few major current events touch my life. Some friends say they don’t watch the news anymore because it’s too depressing, but part of my morning routine is clicking on my computer Home Page to check breaking news. Jesus’ admonition to “keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come,” reminds me to keep an eye on what is happening in the rest of the world.

To many of us, who live in so-called democratic countries, the signs of tribulation are still on the far horizon. We faintly see the rising dust from martyrs fleeing ahead of militants, terrorists, and power-crazed godless people, who desire to wipe out Christianity, but fears of martyrdom never enter our minds.

I wonder …   do the fleeing people
believe wickedness is increasing? 

Some weeks the world is so calm that reporters must beat old stories to a mushy pulp or else inflate a politically incorrect word or statement in order to fill air time. Other weeks, the world seems to explode with stories of wickedness involving children, families, schools, cities, and nations. Gangs, dictators, warring ethnic groups, creators of violent movies and games astound us with their creations of here-to-for- unimagined evil.

When the Apostle Paul wrote to the Thessalonians about the return of the Lord Jesus Christ, he said, “For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way.” 

I wonder … are we seeing the “One who holds back the wickedness,” beginning to occasionally lift a hand off our world for a day or two so that we can see how really bad this world will be when Christ returns, takes out the righteous people, and leaves only the wicked?

I wonder … is wickedness, gaining momentum?  

I, as others, have my suspicions, but no one really knows. I do know, that these are days to be alert and watchful. We must be alert to both how the devil is prowling around our individual lives and how the devil is expanding lawlessness to prepare the way for the revealing of the Lawless One. (II Thessalonians 2:1-12)

Jesus repeatedly said, “Watch!”

Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man. Luke 21:36

What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’ (Mark 13:37)

Martha Hawn VanCise©2014




I Just Can’t Help But Wonder What Really Happened …


I Can't Help But Wonder

I Can’t Help But Wonder

I’ve always wondered what really happened
On that resurrection morning.

What really happened
When the earth shook and
An angel put his shoulder to the rock and
The guards froze in place, blinded by light?

You, who could walk through rocks
And fleshy walls to a heart
Did not need
An angel doorman that morning.

When you emerged,
Did you quietly crouch beneath the arch
And tiptoe out, so as not to wake the guards
Blink in angel light and whisper, “Good morning.”


I can’t help but wonder if you
Grabbed the angel at the entrance
And exuberantly shook him with your embrace
Until he flickered angel light across the garden.

I can’t help but wonder if you
Threw your head back
And yelled “Yes! Yes!”
As you gave a triumphant
Fist-bump to heaven.

I can’t help but wonder if
Before you spoke to Mary Magdalene and
Before you went to Galilee
You spent some time that morning
Celebrating with your Father.

Yes! Yes! Yes!

Yes! You lived a sinless life.
Yes! You stayed on the cross.
Yes! You broke the chains of death.
Yes! You prepared a way to heaven for us.
Yes! You would soon be sitting by the Father.

 I just can’t help but wonder what really happened
On that resurrection morning.

Martha VanCise©2014
Photo used with permission




Amusement Bowl

 Do You ever look in on the bowls of humanity and laugh when arms,

as writhing serpents, rise in “the wave?”

Yes, we’ve caused You grief and aroused Your anger and stretched Your love, but

Do we occasionally amuse You?

Do we sometimes make You proud of how we celebrate the life You’ve given us?

As a Father who cherishes His children– do You ever laugh at our silliness?


Martha VanCise ©2013