Day 25: Keep On
Written by Fr. David Rose Wednesday, 30 November 2011 12:01
“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.”
While most Episcopalians are halfway through their first week of Advent, we at St. Anne’s have now reached the halfway point in celebrating a 7-week Advent season. I know, it seems hard to believe that we have been shaped by Advent in our worship together for the past four Sundays. Well, if I may be so bold as to paraphrase Jesus from this past Sunday’s gospel, we are called to “Keep at it”
We find ourselves right now in the week after Thanksgiving and December is literally right around the corner; the stores are already playing Christmas music, and the Tifton Christmas parade is this Saturday. People are planning holiday parties and we have indeed moved into one of, if not the, busiest time of the year. Advent now seems to take a back seat. We have prepared for all this and are now ready for it, right? This is the moment when it becomes easy to allow our spirits to shift into cruise control, to start dozing, to fall asleep. For us though, we are right in the middle of it and though it might be tempting to switch on auto-pilot now that Christmas is coming into sight, we are called to keep at it. Keep on keeping on. Keep on living in the Christian Hope we have begun to understand a tiny bit more. Keep on questioning your holiday practices, and if they don’t cultivate peace, joy, and hope within you and your loved ones, keep on looking for new and possibly better holiday practices. Keep on opening up your life to the coming of Jesus Christ, and keep on living and working for the Kingdom of God.
It is in keeping at it – the preparing, watching, waiting, hoping, loving – that true spiritual life is able to spring forth within us. So, keep at it!