Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Awake!

Some relish the sound of the alarm in the morning, but I am not one of those people. But what about the sound of the Lord's voice through the word calling us to awake? Once again, I was challenged by the words of Bonh0effer.

Awake!

For Christians the beginning of the day should not be burdened and haunted by the various kinds of
concerns they face during the working day. The Lord stands above the new day, for God has made it.
All the darkness and confusion of the night with its dreams gives way to the clear light of Jesus Christ
and his awakening Word. All restlessness, all impurity, all worry and anxiety flee before him.
Therefore, in the early morning hours of the day may our many thoughts and our many idle words be
silent, and may the first thought and the first word belong to the one to whom our whole life belongs.
"Sleeper, awake! Rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you" (Eph. 5:14).
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer -
from Life Together 51-52
from A Year with Dietrich Bonhoeffer Carla Barnhill, Ed., HarperSan Francisco, 2005


I love the above words, "The Lord stands above the new day..." Let's put him in charge.

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