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Stay Awake!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Memorial of Saint Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

“Therefore, stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.” (Matthew 24:42)

The phrase, “Stay awake!” resonates with me right now. As a grandmother of three new babies born within five days of each other I am trying to help out with feedings and nighttime seems to be a challenge for everyone! I have caught myself rocking a little one after the late night feeding and suddenly realizing I had been “dozing.” Being vigilant about the care of these precious blessings is of utmost importance, and yet, at times we feel tired and may drop our guard.

Likewise, in today’s scripture we are cautioned to remain vigilant in how we live our lives every day. And, while many of us live our lives as if we will live forever, it is not to be on this earth. Jesus reminds us that no one really knows when the Lord will call us home. We see this in the evening news: A young mother simply riding her bike is killed in an accident. And, although we believe His plan is greater than we can imagine and understand, we wonder why these things happen.

And so, we must strive to “Stay awake!” each day and be vigilant of the decisions made for not one of us knows when our Lord will call us home.

Lord Jesus,

help me to stay awake and vigilant each day so that I follow You each day of my life here on earth

and be ready when You come to take me home to my eternal rest.Amen.

Kayleen R. Lee
Chief Executive Officer, Sioux Center Health - an Avera Partner

1 CORINTHIANS 1:1-9 • PSALM 145:2-3, 4-5, 6-7 • MATTHEW 24:42-51

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