By: Christiana Lundholm
Readings: Psalm 63:1-8; Daniel 12:1-4; Revelation 3:1-6
And to the angel of the church in Sardis write: These are the words of him who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars: “I know your works; you have a name of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is on the point of death, for I have not found your works perfect in the sight of my God.” –Revelation 3:1-2
When I read these words from the Revelation to John, I have to wonder how many minutes of each day I spend truly awake in the sense that the author means. Early in life, I developed a coping strategy of leaving when the situation got too boring or unpleasant – perhaps not physically, but certainly in my imagination. But while this can be a good way to get through a tedious meeting, it can also become a habit that prevents me from showing up and being awake to my life as I am living it.
It takes courage to wake up, because it forces us to notice a lot of things we’d rather not. It’s so much easier to just not pay attention to the injustices, large and small, that go on all around us. It’s easier not to have to pay attention to our own reactions and question them. It’s easier to avoid or postpone difficult conversations with the people we love.
As we move through this Lenten season, perhaps one of our courageous practices could be simply waking up: staying present to our own lives, the people around us, and our journey through this place and time.
God of courage, as we walk with you through the season of Lent, you call us to wake up and take note. Help us to remain present to our own lives and to those around us, and make us aware of your presence as you journey with us. Amen.