To be released from the anxieties of the rapture frees us for life. We're free to love, to transform, and to work for justice. We're free to care for creation and to begin God's transformation of the earth today. All the while, we cling to hope and find strength in what is to come.
There's a story often told about Martin Luther. When he was asked, "If Jesus were to return today, what would you do differently?" He responded, "I'd finish planting this tree." In other words, the best way to prepare for the coming of the Kingdom of God is to live our lives, caring for creation and one another. Amen.