Tuesday, December 05, 2006

In Other Words

"One response was given by the innkeeper when Mary and Joseph wanted to find a room where the Child could be born. The innkeeper was not hostile; he was not opposed to them, but his inn was crowded; his hands were full; his mind was preoccupied. This is the answer that millions are giving today. Like a Bethlehem innkeeper, they cannot find room for Christ. All the accommodations in their hearts are already taken up by other crowding interests. Their response is not atheism. It is not defiance. It is preoccupation and the feeling of being able to get on reasonably well without Christianity."
~ Billy Graham ~

We Christians, too, can fall asleep, in a sense--lulled by the same kind of distracted busyness. Our hands are full, our minds preoccupied, our lives crowded. We are saturated with activity to the point that we mistake saturation for satisfaction. And we slumber.

Advent begins the traditional liturgical year of the church with a wake-up call. The daily Scripture readings for the first two weeks of this season are full of apocalyptic images, of light breaking into darkness, of the need to be prepared for "the day of the Lord." Advent reminds us that Christ came once as a baby; he will come again as King and Judge.

One of Sunday's readings ended with these verses:

"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." (Luke 21:34-36)

Lord, wake me from the slumber induced by the cares of this life. Help me be spiritually wide awake and alert: able to hear your call, ready to do your bidding. Help me be as one of the five wise virgins, who had oil in her lamp and was prepared for the coming of the Bridegroom!

Oh, come Lord Jesus, come!


lrlwreath said...

Oh may the Lord shake me if I am caught slumbering =) Great post. Thank you so much for writing this.

I think being comfortable is just what Satan wants sometimes. Blessings.

kpjara said...

Really good words!

Sissy B. said...

As always I am able to relate to your wise words. Funny you should mention the wise and foolish virgins....I just read this scripture earlier today as I am following the advent readings on www.cresourcei.org recommended by Kim A. at Mother Lode. It helps to keep the distractions at bay.

The Imperfect Christian said...

There is no better awakening than that God brings to us! Great post!!

Nic said...

I too read the wise and foolish virgins on Kim's site. So often we are brought to slumber when things in our lives are at the status quo - no wonder God needs to shake us up from time to time. Thaks for sharing your perspective on this IOW this week!

Jean-Luc Picard said...

Well wrtten. The secularism of the season is scary.

Ame said...

"We Christians, too, can fall asleep, in a sense--lulled by the same kind of distracted busyness."

yes ... very insightful!