Daniel 12:1-3; Psalm 16:5,8-11; Hebrews 10:11-14,18; Mark 13:24-32
In one of his novels, E.M. Forster gives us an unusual interpretation of
Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. In rather frightening terms, he describes how the music gives one the eerie feeling that shadowy figures are roaming the earth. And then, in a burst of beautiful music, one hears them swept away — and the world seems bright and clean again. But suddenly, it happens again: the demons are back, and this time they are going to exercise their evil power to take over the world. And again, in a wave of beautiful music, they are swept away. Then the symphony ends joyously, on a high note, as the goblins disappear entirely.
In our symphony of life, we all experience those spiritual and emotional ups and downs, highs, and lows. The shadowy goblin of death comes roaming around, and we’re feeling mighty low. But deep down inside, we know that goblin will be back — and we’re afraid. Then reassuringly, something beautiful breaks through to sweep…