The Weekly Scriptures for the 1st Sunday in Advent: “Kitty Kat Wake Up Kall!” (Romans 13:11-14)

Reading: Romans 13:11-14

I love our cats. Daisy and Violet are two of the sweetest cats you will ever meet.

There is one downside to having cats.

You don’t get to sleep in anymore.

Like clockwork, every morning, Violet will start to sniff my eyebrow, and Daisy will head over and play with the blinds on the window.

It is their “loving” way of waking us and make sure we feed them.

I cannot tell you the number of times I wanted to ignore them.

But if I ignored them, they eventually would starve.

If I did not do what I am supposed to do as a cat owner, then the cats would be the ones who suffered.

And that is not fair to them.

It is my job…my call…as a cat owner to get up and do the work that needs to be done.

So now matter how badly I want to sleep in, I have to get up.

I have to get to work.

As Christians, it is our job…our call…to do the work that needs to be done.

We cannot stay in the bed forever.

Eventually, we have to get up, answer God’s alarm clock, and respond.

If we don’t, then it is not we who suffer but the people around us who are starving to see and witness the love of God.

Rather than hitting the snooze alarm, I encourage you to get up.

Stand up.

And get to the work that needs to be done.

The Weekly Scriptures for 1st Sunday of Advent 2013: Isaiah 2:1-5

When we lived in Arizona, we had the chance to visit the Grand Canyon.

In order to get to the Canyon, we had to leave the comfortable and warm confines of Tucson and head north where we confronted cold wind, snow, and ice.

As the one who drove the whole way, I can tell you that as we climbed the mountain the journey became more and more stressful. The roads were slick and the snow made it hard to see.

But once we got there, the view we saw took our breath away. And as I looked at the incredible expanse of the Canyon, I told myself the journey was worth it.

And then I was overcome with a wonderful peace.

And even as we had to travel the same roads to get back home, the peace that I found on top of the mountains stayed with me throughout our return.

In our lesson today, God is giving a new kind of peace to those who are making their own journeys.

For many, those journeys are filled with bad weather, bad memories, or bad feelings.

And the journeys are not the easiest ones to make.

But what is waiting for us on our journeys is so worth it!

God offers a peace that turns enemies into friends, strangers into friends, and the lost into the found.

It is a peace that stays with us.

And that peace will stay with us no matter how smooth or rough our journeys may be. Amen.

TOMORROW: Romans 13:11-14