1 Thessalonians 4:16, NIV: For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.

The words “hear ye, hear ye,” once echoed in the streets accompanied by the clang of a hand-bell used to get the attention of the intended audience. When the town crier spoke these words, and rang the bell, the town’s people knew an announcement was soon to follow. Perhaps it is time we again heard the voice of the crier; or perhaps the voice of one crying in the wilderness. And what might the crier say? Would he tell us to repent from our selfish pursuit and to seek the Lord first? Would he tell us to turn away from the love of this world and to return to loving God above all? Would we tell us the time of our Master’s return is soon…even at the door? There is a clear message to any of us who will be still long enough to listen: Serve the Lord today in preparation for tomorrow. The voice of the crier is calling out to us. How long will we let his cry go unheeded?