[#pictureAdvent] December 3: AWAKEN

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By Rev. Kristyne Young
New Covenant UMC
The Villages, Florida

First, read Mark 13:33-37

I have a confession to make; I am a bit of a procrastinator. If I can put something off to the last minute, I will. I often find myself putting off till tomorrow what I should be doing today. 

When I was a child my mother would tell me to clean my room. She would send me up the stairs and tell me she would be up in an hour to check on me. What that meant to me was that I had the first 50 minutes to play and the last 10 minutes to frantically run around stuffing my toys under the bed. Many times she would come in early to check on me or I didn’t finish my frantic clean up in time. Those times never ended well. 

Today’s scripture reminds us that we should not be procrastinators in our faith journey. As we wait this Advent season for the birth of baby Jesus, we are also reminded that we are waiting for Jesus to come again. We did not know when Jesus was going to come the first time, and we do not know when he is coming again. We do not want to be caught “playing” or “frantically stuffing toys under the bed” at the last minute. Instead, let’s all be awake and ready for Jesus to come again. 

Prayer: Lord, we do not want to be caught asleep in our relationship with you. Help us daily to walk with you, to talk with you and to focus our lives on you. Help us to be awake! Amen. 

Discussion/Reflection Questions: 

1. When was a time you put off something important and it did not end well? 
2. Why is it important to be ready and awake when Jesus comes again?
3. What are some practices we can have in our lives that will help us be ready and awake when Jesus comes?