Sigh. Groan.

Mark 13:32-37, Ezekiel 6-9

Ezekiel 10:4 – And the LORD said to him, “Pass through the city, through Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and groan over all the abominations that are committed in it.”

Lord Jesus, I’m sighing and groaning as I think about all the evil in this world and even a fascination with it. I hear a news report about a guy who collects ouija boards as a hobby and has thousands of them.  I see the month of October full of horror movies, some of which seem to border on Satanic and people flock to them.  I see that perversions, things that are not natural, are becoming normal.  My heart cries because of shooters in Vegas and gunmen in churches.  My heart weeps most of all because the love of most is groan cold and more and more people are leaving the faith while countless others refuse to come.  Lord Jesus, mark my family with the cross of your Son and save us from this evil age.  Lord Jesus, mark my children through their baptism and claim them as your own. Save those in my church family from this present evil age. Save the people in this community from the evil of this age. Use me in my family, in my church, in my community to be the one who marks them with your Son as I make him known to the people in my life. In this way, I will save both myself and the people I care about now and the people I will grow to care about.  Amen.