DayBreaks for 12/03/13 – Countdown

DayBreaks for 12/03/13 – Countdown

It is officially “count-down” time. Hopefully, you’ve wiped the red cranberry sauce off our chins and the gravy stains off our shirts, Black Friday is over (as is Cyber Monday).  But it is Black Friday that starts the count-down of the diminishing days until Christmas. That tick-tock, tick-tock of the clock is supposed to induce us into a buying panic and jump-start our frenzied consumerism. Sadly, it pretty much works.

The church has its own “countdown to Christmas” called “The Season of Advent.” Instead of being a time of consumer manic panic, Advent is a time of preparation for the gift of a miraculous presence. This “preparation” is not about decking the halls or trimming the tree. This “preparation” is not about baking cookies or wrapping packages. This “preparation” is about a Truth which comes into the world, not abstract pure and antiseptic clean, but cradled in dirt and mangered in mystery.

Advent is an alarm clock, a moment of truth to rouse out of the “get-by and keep-going” stupor of this world and WAKE UP!

Wake up to the impending gift of a new beginning.

Wake up to the first baby steps of the Kingdom entering this world through a stable of animals and a cradle of straw.

Wake up from our dogmatic slumbers into the new light of life.

Wake up to the epiphany of Jesus in the world, and in us…

PRAYER: Awaken us and prepare us anew for Your coming into our lives!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 10/25/11 – Time to Get Up

DayBreaks for 10/25/11 – Time To Get Up

"In case it was God coming..."

Author Isak Dinesen confessed that she liked being awakened with really important news.  One morning Kamante, her house help, woke her with the threat, ‘Msabu, I think you had better get up – I think God is coming.’  Ms. Dinesen wrote: ‘From the door-windows I now saw a strange phenomenon.  There was a big grass-fire going on out in the hills, and the grass burning all the way from the hilltop to the plain…I stood for some time and looked at it, with Kamante watching by my side, then I began to explain the thing to him…for I thought that he had been terribly frightened.  But the explanation did not seem to make much impression… ‘Well, yes,’ he said, ‘it may be so.  But I thought you had better get up in case it was God coming.’”

It is hard to understand how someone could have seen the fire in the distance and have thought it was God coming.  But doesn’t Scripture talk about God being a consuming fire, that He will come with flaming fire taking vengeance on those that don’t know Christ?  Perhaps Kamante had heard those verses from a mission school.  It doesn’t really matter where he heard it, but the key was what he felt his employer needed to do “…IN CASE it was God coming.”

Think about it.  Have you ever awakened in the middle of the night when you heard a sound?  What if it was God coming to your front door, or down the hallway?  Just in case it was He, what would you do?

Some day God is coming again.  And while Kamante seemed to think that Ms. Dinesen might have missed His coming, not a single human being is going to miss His return.

In case God were to come to your home today, what would you need to do?  What would you want to try to put away in some dark old closet so He wouldn’t see it?  What would you do with your spare time?  How would you change your life?

Hosea 10:12 – “12 Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the LORD, until he comes and showers righteousness on you.

1 Peter 4:17 – “17 For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God?

PRAYER: Lord, if this is the day that You come, help us to be ready!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2011 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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