Encouragement From The Word

Sleeping through

I awoke this morning at approximately 0815.  When I staggered out to the living room, my wife asked me if I had heard all the sirens.

“What sirens?” I asked, knowing nothing of which she spoke.

“The sirens out on the 401,” she said, matter-of-factly.  “I heard them when I woke up at twenty to seven.”

Now, my wife is a light sleeper.  “How light?” you ask?  Most mornings, she hears her clock radio go click before the alarm comes on, and shuts it off, rising.  Not me.  Not only did I miss those sirens, only a few hundred metres from my ear, I have been known to miss – back in my undergraduate, pre-CPAP days – university dorm fire alarms.

I’m fairly sure I’d hear the smoke detector go off, but sirens on the 401?  Not today.

It got me thinking:  What kinds of things do we sleep through?  The parable of the ten bridesmaids in Matthew 25.1-13 is a good reminder.  What are our priorities?  What matters to us?

Was I going to be able to do anything about those sirens on the 401?  Nope.  Could I do anything if my smoke detector went off?  You bet.  There’s the difference.

When it comes to waiting for the Bridegroom to reappear, there is something we can do:  “So you, too, must keep watch!  For you do not know the day or hour of my return” (Matthew 25.13, NLT).

 

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1 thought on “Sleeping through”

  1. Checking this right before I head off to sleep, and you made me think of the lyrics of one of my favorite Casting Crowns songs, Jeff. It’s called “While You Were Sleeping” and since the first time I heard it, I’ve wanted to use it in a Christmas Eve service… Someday.

    Here we go:

    Oh little town of Bethlehem
    Looks like another silent night
    Above your deep and dreamless sleep
    A giant star lights up the sky
    And while you’re lying in the dark
    There shines an everlasting light
    For the King has left His throne
    And is sleeping in a manger tonight

    Oh Bethlehem, what you have missed while you were sleeping
    For God became a man
    And stepped into your world today
    Oh Bethlehem, you will go down in history
    As a city with no room for its King
    While you were sleeping
    While you were sleeping

    Oh little town of Jerusalem
    Looks like another silent night
    The Father gave His only Son
    The Way, the Truth, the Life had come
    But there was no room for Him in the world He came to save

    Jerusalem, what you have missed while you were sleeping
    The Savior of the world is dying on your cross today
    Jerusalem, you will go down in history
    As a city with no room for its King
    While you were sleeping
    While you were sleeping

    United States of America
    Looks like another silent night
    As we’re sung to sleep by philosophies
    That save the trees and kill the children
    And while we’re lying in the dark
    There’s a shout heard ‘cross the eastern sky
    For the Bridegroom has returned
    And has carried His bride away in the night

    America, what will we miss while we are sleeping
    Will Jesus come again
    And leave us slumbering where we lay
    America, will we go down in history
    As a nation with no room for its King
    Will we be sleeping
    Will we be sleeping

    United States of America
    Looks like another silent night

    Blessings!
    R.

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