While it was still dark…

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How many times have you begun a journey

while it was still dark?

 

You packed the evening before

and set your luggage by the door, all but your toothbrush.

 

Before sunrise, you managed to all get in the car

and roll out on to the highway,

 

slowly at first,

gradually picking up speed.

 

So also is to be our Advent journey…

 

we are not yet fully packed and ready, and now don’t need to be.

 

What we need to be is awake

to what the Lord is asking of us, now…

 

this day; beginning very early,

with the journey still ahead of us,

trusting that even in these dark places

 

God loves us all enough to

travel along side us, step by step.

 

 

“.. in those days, after that suffering, the sun will be darkened,

and the moon will not give its light, the stars will be falling from heaven,

and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.

Therefore, keep awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn, or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly.

And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake.”

Mark 13 (selected verses)

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