Advent Week One — Week of Hope — Keep Awake

Advent is the season for waiting and watching, preparing for the coming of Jesus, not just the safe, cute, baby Jesus, but the risen Lord, coming at the end of time, ours or everyone’s end of time, judging the earth.  In the Gospel text this week, in Mark 13:24-31, Jesus says, “Keep Awake.”  In order to keep awake – many of us first wake up.  Wake up and take notice.

Our culture seems to be attracted to zombies in movies, books and TV series.  In the movie, “Shawn of the Dead,”  humor came in part because so many of the people were shambling through their lives, deadened to the world around them.  They shuffled through, waking, eating, commuting, and working, in a stupor not noticing the world and people around them.  It became difficult to realize something horrible and earth shattering was occurring when the real walking dead began to invade the town.  So many were already half zombies.

This week, my hope is that we can wake up and realize that something important is happening.  And it is happening in my life and in yours because we are alive.  Take every chance you have to breathe the air, smell the smells, hear the sounds, and greet the people around you.  Notice everything.

Wake up and stay awake!

Something important is about to happen – and you do not know when.

Every day lives are changed in an instant by accidents, heart attacks, acts of nature.  Each day is precious.  Each person is precious. In the AMC zombie series, ‘The Walking Dead,’ the sheriff, Rick Grimes wakes up and the whole world has changed.  In a less dramatic way, that is true of us as well.

Wake up!  Keep Awake!

Something important is going to happen.

We do not know when the master will come for us.  Will we be ready? How better to be ready to die than to have lived well?  Wake up and live.  Embrace the life that God has given you.

Keep Awake!

This is the week that we lit the candle of Hope.  As you wait and watch with heightened awareness, what is it that you hope for?  What could God be hoping for you?

About Sonja Roberts Dalglish

I love people, math, physics, and theology. I love mysteries which may explain the list above. I am a polio survivor, having had the disease in August 1954. The vaccine was declared safe in April 1955. I am very pro vaccines. They have increased the health and well being of the world. Presently, I am living just west of Corpus Christi, in Kingsville. For naturalists, this seems to be where the coastal plane and the Wild Horse Dessert meet. It is flat which gives us beautiful sunsets. One of our concerns is climate change. We are already hot and dry and getting hotter and dryer. The cattlemen and women are having to graze fewer livestock these days.
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7 Responses to Advent Week One — Week of Hope — Keep Awake

  1. Phyllis Walker says:

    The thoughts Sonja writes are beautiful. Some thoughts are very beautiful. The thought of our Christ giving up His Glory to become the baby of a peasant girl and a carpenter and come into this world in a stable, which smelled of manure, on, our more miserable and stinking earth. He was not born with silk sheets or even nice soft cotton sheets. He was wrapped with the wool or linen swaddling clothes which every expectant Jewish mother carried with her when she was ready to deliver.( It was considered “tempting God” to actually make clothing for a baby not already born alive by the more superstitious.) He came to us, for us, to protect us from our lives that were full of sin. He came to take our punishment. So, now we are waiting, waiting to celebrate His Advent. His Coming. Holy Lord, Our God, when will you come to take your people home?

  2. MrTheKidd says:

    What an excellent introduction to a period of expectant waiting.

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