For Sunday 11.19
MONOPOLY – A WAY TO WIN!
Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 (NIV)
Do you remember a moment when you had just had enough? For example, when assembling furniture out of a box, and there's that one, mysterious screw left over, plus something yet unmounted. In such moments of frustration, when an Allen key seems like a torture device, a flash of insight occurs, and we find unexpected liberation. Want a more extreme example? Here it is an empty bank account left by an ex-partner, followed by the loss of friends, depression, and eventually a steady job, our regular source of income. This is our spiritual alarm: time for a change in perspective! That screw is not just a piece of metal, but a test of our patience. In these moments, frustration and discouragement are the beginnings of deeper understanding and spiritual growth. Let's remember that even the most complicated assembly instructions make sense, just like our life challenges.
Pastor Witold Augustyn