Each Advent, I commit to reading the daily lectionary, the Bible readings that prepare our hearts for the celebration of Christ’s coming. This year, I’m writing a brief reflection on these readings each weekday. It’s Advent, day ten.
Readings: Isaiah 5:13-17, 24-25; 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28; Luke 21:29-38
The world wobbles on its axis this time of year, what with the weight of the season bearing down. The commercial Christmas season comes with its material, and eggnog, and all its pomp and circumstance and promises to bring Joy to the World. But this joy, isn't it just a distraction from the truth of Advent?
The King is coming again. Stay awake. Prepare your hearts.
In the book of Luke, Jesus says this about the preparation for his coming:
“But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap. For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth. But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
"Stay awake," he says.
***The Practice of Prayer: Thanksgiving***