How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath. For then there will be great distress, unequalled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equalled again.
Matthew 24: 19 – 21
This is nothing against pregnant women or nursing mothers. In this passage, Matthew is speaking about the siege and destruction of Jerusalem. Those carrying an extra load would have a more difficult time getting out of Jerusalem, compared to those who don’t have extra people or things to carry to get out of Jerusalem before is destroyed. As we here in Scotland know, winter days are quite short, so trying to make long journeys is not easy, because there is not much daylight. While there is this news to focus on, there is that glimmer of hope at the end of this passage, there will never be great distress like there was again. Even though there are times like we are having right now, there will never be destruction like that again.
Prayer: God of hope, even when we see death and despair, you remind us that they do not have the last word. May we continue to look for signs of hope which you provide us daily.
Action: Be willing to look beyond what is not going well in your day, and find those glimmers of hope.