There are certain times of the church year where it seems like our Sunday lessons are out of sync with what's going on in the rest of our lives. As the church year draws to a close, we find ourselves in such an in-between time. This approaching holiday season catches us off-guard as we find ourselves suddenly wrapped up in our culture's traditional celebrations. But in today's lessons, we hear apocalyptic visions of the struggle we can expect as the day of the Lord draws near. How can these seemingly contradictory ideas and experiences come together to shed light on each other?