December 05, 2017

Advent Day 03

Mark 13:33-37 (link to text)

I had to chuckle to myself when I first read this passage, not because it’s humorous, but rather because of the use of the words “alert” and “awake.”

Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever been more tired in my life. 

The irony of alertness is not lost on this very tired mama. We’re in the middle of many activities, programs, events at the church and I am attempting to keep two little people healthy, well-cared for, nurtured and some days just alive. My house is much messier than I’d like, and our idea of a date is watching recorded episodes of House Hunters. A quick trip to the grocery store alone feels like a five-star vacation. It’s kind of a blur of wonderfulness I hope to always remember and forever cherish, but it is indeed a blur. I think we all feel this way at some point during this season. 

Alertness is definitely not my strong suit at the moment.


Alertness is definitely not my strong suit at the moment. 


After my initial chuckle at the irony of me receiving this passage, I read over it again. When I was younger, this passage used to scare me a little, but now I see a direct connection to this time of Advent. Advent is a time of preparation and anticipation. Anticipation requires commitment and consistency, but also a practice of patience. Patience is my strong suit—after all, I have a toddler!

This is time to reflect on how we can best serve God, and not get tied up in the commercialization of Christmas. This isn’t scary at all, it’s an encouragement to stay present. Put your phones down, stop frantically attempting to make everything perfect. Engage with your neighbors, thank people, be a good human. 

When we take time to press pause and reflect, we can see Christ in others, and his love can overflow through our actions.


When we take time to press pause and reflect, we can see Christ in others, and his love can overflow through our actions.


Service to others, a listening ear, a cup of coffee, a simple hug or text message can help us recognize God’s love and help us celebrate with joy rather than hurriedly checking through the motions. Fear can cause us to “sleep.” We seem to live in times that darkness is glorified. We hear a lot about the darkness of the world, but we are called to be the light. God has work for us to do, that is why we must be awake and alert. This isn’t a call just for this season, but always. May we learn to always walk in God’s light and be filled with the joy of fulfilling God’s purpose. May you not feel frightened or condemned by these words, God is moving through you. Stay awake and alert to what God is calling you to do. Make it a point today to pause and be present, alert to God moving through his people.

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