Author Archives: Martha VanCise

Mass Communication


Mass Communication

I, like most Christians, have looked at each new development of mass communication as a means for taking the gospel to every nation, thus hastening the return of Christ.

But, I wonder, are we so intent on getting to our ‘pie in the sky’ that we don’t see that technology—books, ebooks, podcasts, videos, social media, streaming services, and satellites—might be God’s way of giving us years of plenty to prepare us for years of spiritual famine?

I prefer the theology that raptures me out of a suffering world the minute the gospel reaches the last pagan, and before the bad times come, but according to news reports, many Christians already face social, financial, and physical persecution—some to the point of death.

Yes, the gospel must go to every nation. Yes, Christians living on earth will be raptured, BUT UNTIL THEN let’s take advantage of the great abundance of resources to develop our spiritual strength and prepare us for the days “of famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD.” Amos 8:11

©Martha VanCise



Sediment settles

I love all flavors of coffee and drink it black. In Haiti, though, the bitter brew required sugar. Haitian sugar was unrefined and took a couple minutes to dissolve. Before drinking the coffee,  I had to give it one last stir to bring sugar dregs to the top. Only after skimming floating debris could I enjoy the brew.

Memories are like sediment that over time settle to the bottom of our minds and hearts. Forgotten, they lie hidden for many years, but an unexpected stirring of our lives, may bring them to the surface. Some remembrances should be returned to our vault of cherished moments. Others must be skimmed and flung away if we are to maintain communion with God.

Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:31-32 NKJV

Martha Hawn VanCise©



 I wonder…
What was Your departure like?
Did You take Your time leaving heaven?
Did You give Michael and Gabriel see-you-later embraces?
Did angels peer over jasper walls and sing a “’Til We Meet Again,” type song?
Did You step quickly through luminescent gates into the dark channel of human flesh?
Did You stretch out Your departure  by
sauntering through the galaxies,
knowing that this cosmic view
would be confined to only memory
during the next three decades?
When You left, did You glance back?
Did you consider that heaven would not be the same
when You returned?
I wonder…
When You let go of God-equality
And reached for a grip on human likeness
did you exult in the moment, knowing that  finally,
the Eternally-anticipated Plan had been set in motion?

Martha VanCise©2017 – I originally posted this in 2013 under the title “Departure Day.”