Saturday, March 28, 2015

Daily Devotion for Lent 2015, Day 34

Daily Devotion for Lent

Saturday, March 28, 2015, Day 34

Mark 13:28-37 (NRSV)

The admonition to "Keep awake" is sometimes anxiety-producing for the faith.  I have seen religious attitudes on the Second Coming of Jesus Christ devolve into fear-ridden movements which produce no peace in those participants.

As a little child, I had such a moment when I thought that I had been left behind because of the Rapture.   My faith didn't bring any comfort that morning, I can tell you that!

On the other hand, the realization that we have been asleep while the world moves on can be very sobering.  There are times when we float though our lives and time passes us by in ways that seem surreal.  We look back and wonder what we've accomplished.

I think of the Bob Dylan song, "When You Gonna Wake Up?" where he asks this question repeatedly and then concludes, "when you gonna wake up and strengthen the things that remain?"

Lent is turning toward Holy Week.  We have contemplated quite a bit through Mark's Gospel.  How does this contemplation move us to action?

Have we been asleep?

Prayer by Ted Loder:

O God of such truth as sweeps away all lies,
        of such grace as shrivels all excuses,
come now to find us
         for we have lost our selves
            in a shuffle of disguises
               and the rattle of empty words.

Let your Spirit move mercifully
    to recreate us from
       the chaos of our lives.

We have been careless
    of our days,
         our loves,
            our gifts,
               our chances...

Our prayer is to change, O God,
    not out of despair of self
       but for love of you,
          and for the selves we long to become
             before we simply waste away.

Let your mercy move in and through us now...


Prayer by Ted Loder, My Heart In My Mouth.

Picture by By Evil saltine [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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