Look around you. Where are things a bit broken in the world? How can you pray for those places, things, people today?
And so the battle continues. Here we have a sign – there is a woman who gives birth to a child, and a dragon who tries to stop it, to take away the child. Clearly, there are echoes here of Mary and Jesus being born, even though there are a few differences too. (No dragon in the Gospels, as a starter, although Herod did his best to kill off the new-born baby…)
It’s a battle of good versus evil, and we know the end of the story – that good will win. In fact, in this episode of the war, the dragon is not strong enough compared to the angels and heavenly forces and so he and his minions lost their place in heaven. This is the beginning of the end. This is when salvation and power has come, and the angels have triumphed over him.
It’s the beginning of the end, but it’s only the beginning of the end. The dragon is angry and wreaks havoc, trying to win the battle that he’s just not strong enough to gain the victory. This is why things are difficult for us – we’re living in this time, when salvation has already come in and through Jesus, but the war isn’t completely over yet, and the devil is trying to take as many casualties with him as possible. Things can be a bit messy in life sometimes.
But we know that this is all only a temporary situation. We can know that God is good, and that one day all things will be made new and put right in his name. Right now, for us, it’s just a waiting game, waiting for that day, and trying to take as many people with us on the journey to get there – the total opposite of the devil who is trying to take as many down with him as he can. How can we be the people who try to take as many up with us as possible?
Lord God, thank you that the battle has been won. We’re sorry for the times when we’ve contributed to the mess in the world. Help us to share your peace and your love and your hope to the world around us. Amen.
Who can you tell about the hope you have today?