©2011 Susan Noyes Anderson
Earth moves and mankind trembles,
rocked by fear of the unknown.
The mountains shift beneath our feet,
displacing sand and stone.
When water rises up and life
is swept into the sea,
we tremble and are humbled
by our own mortality.
The signs are all around us now,
as prophets have foretold.
Iniquity abounds; the love
of men is waxing cold.
Terror stalks our city streets;
the world is waging war,
and soldiers fight with waning faith
in what they’re fighting for.
Famine, drought, and pestilence…
hunger, greed, disease.
The grand finale is at hand.
Will our hearts be at ease?
Can we seek solace in good signs?
Elijah’s sealing power? The gospel,
flooding every nation?
The choice is ours, to watch with joy
and wait upon the Lord
or turn away and dread the day
His presence is restored.
Will we stand with the righteous
in the hour that Christ appears?
Or will we shrink before His face,
a victim of our fears?
The stage is set, and we’ve been told
the ending to this story.
May we accept each sign with grace,
preparing for God’s glory.