Tuesday, October 10, 2006

The BT Eschaton

It's amazing what you see when you're wandering about Dublin. Yesterday I had a wee bit of time to get lunch before classes started, and visited a few bookshops - no surprise there! But as I came up towards Grafton Street, suddenly I saw a huge crowd of people standing outside the Brown Thomas store. For those who don't know Dublin, this is one of the biggest and poshest shops on Dublin's main and poshest shopping street.

The crowd was all standing, evidently waiting on someone or something. The crowd control barriers were out, and a 'pink carpet' was lined along the shop front. The top-hatted doorman was standing talking to several employees, and even the Garda were out. Further down the barrier were several photographers on step-ladders, hoping to get the photographic scoop of the moring. All looking down the side street - presumably where the awaited person would emerge from a car for photographs and smiles and a walk along the pink carpet.

I have no idea who was arriving - my hunger was more pressing than my curiosity - but it made me wonder. All those people obviously thought highly of the person who was coming, and wated to be there for them. The preparations had all been made; everything was in place.

We have One who is coming - he has promised he will return - but are we ready and watching for him?

'For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, uproght and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ.' (Titus 2:11-13)

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