Friday, August 27, 2010


"Blow the trumpet in Zion; sanctify a fast; call a solemn assembly; gather the people.  Sanctify the aged; gather the children, even infants at the breast.  Let the bridegroom leave his room & the bride her canopy."
(Joel 1:15-16)

We don't mess around with warnings here in Hawaii - at least when it comes to the weather.  A few years back, Hurricane Iniki ripped through Kauai, doing major damage.  Last year we had a tsunami warning and the whole island chain shut down for half a day.  We have these "disaster alert" warning sirens stationed strategically all over the state.  They get tested every month on the first working day at 11:45am.  Every month.  We all know the sound.

The prophet Joel is calling the people of Israel to task.  They need to repent.  There's danger coming & he wants the trumpet warning cries to sound.  Which got me thinking... what would it take to get all of us in Hawaii to repent & refocus on God?  What if the disaster warning sirens started blaring... and people turned on their TVs or radios... and the announcement came: "We haven't lived like we should.  Disaster will soon be here!  Repent!  Ask God for forgiveness.  Ask your family for forgiveness.  Recenter your lives and hearts in God's mercy!  Hurry!!!"

I wonder... would anybody listen?

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