There shall yet be heard the cry of joy, the cry of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, the voice of the bride, the sound of those who bring thank offerings to the house of the Lord, singing "Give thanks to the Lord of hosts, for the Lord is good; His mercy endures forever." For I will restore this country as of old, says the Lord.
Many of us, myself included, have great concern for the future of our Church and of the endurance of our faith. We are surrounded by the negative reports from all sides leading us to believe the Church is faltering, that our country is abandoning God and asking Him to step aside. History is being rewritten to deny His role in the formation of all we hold dear.
But as I read the passage from Jeremiah above, it occurred to me that our God does endure forever. He is the God of Abraham and Sarah, Moses and Zipphorah, Mary and Joseph, and all the disciples who spread His Word to the ends of the Earth. Our God is not defeated by the words of men. He cannot be defeated. He can only be absent from us if WE choose to reject Him from our hearts, yet He will remain, more constant than the stars. Those who yield what little power they have on Earth may win their skirmishes but in the end we already know who wins the war.
We must remain ever faithful and wait for the Bridegroom to return. We must keep the wicks of our faith ever trimmed. Keep the Lord close to your heart. Spread the glory of His name in the love and kindness you show to others. And, as the Lord said to his flock, "Be not afraid!"