Judgment Day
(Amanda Meisenheimer)

“God is not crushing us. As we face these days of Judgment, of wrath, brought on by ourselves, brought on by evil in this world, brought on by systemic failure, I don’t ask God, ‘What did we do to deserve this?’ I ask God, ‘where shall I go to cry? Will you weep with me?'”

Where do you find God when you’re experiencing a “judgment day”?

Joel 2:1-2, 12-14

Blow the trumpet in Jerusalem.
Shout a warning on my holy mountain.
Let all the people who live in the land shake with fear.
The Lord’s day of judging is coming.
The Lord’s day of judging is near.
It will be a dark, gloomy day.
It will be a cloudy and black day.
Like the light at sunrise,
the great and powerful army will spread over the mountains.
There has never been anything like it before.
And there will never be anything like it again.

There has never been anything like it before.
And there will never be anything like it again.

The Lord says, “Now, come back to me with all your heart.
Go without food, and cry and be sad.”
Tearing your clothes is not enough to show you are sad.
Let your heart be broken.
Come back to the Lord your God.
He is kind and shows mercy.
He doesn’t become angry quickly.
He has great love.
He would rather forgive than punish.
Who knows? Maybe the Lord will change his mind
and leave behind a blessing for you.
Then you may give grain and drink offerings
to the Lord your God.

This episode was written and recorded by Amanda Meisenheimer, the Minister of Children & Families at The Riverside Church. It was produced by Rev. Jim Keat. Background tracks include Button Mushrooms by Podington Bear and Headwind by Wild Wonder.

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