Daily Devotion – November 15, 2017

1 Thess. 5:6-8
So then, let us not fall asleep as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober; for those who sleep sleep at night, and those who are drunk get drunk at night.

Reflection by Ellen Green

In the verses prior to today’s passage, Paul tells the Thessalonians that Jesus will return to the community of believers like a thief in the night. Our tendency to focus on the immediate demands of daily life makes us liable to neglect the big picture. The time to “get right with God,” individually and collectively, is now.

Specifically, today’s passage asks us to consider the habits of action or inaction that define us. Is the way we live now a way of living into the Kin-dom of God? I recently saw on social media an image created by UCC Justice and Witness Ministries. The text read, “Don’t wonder what you would have done during the Civil Rights Movement. You’re doing it now.” Let us not fall asleep as others do.

To say that the Day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night is to offer a word of caution and instruction. I believe it’s also a word of hope. The Day of the Lord, the Kin-dom of God, will show up in a form we may not expect, at a time when we least expect it. Jesus will catch us by surprise. My jaded heart says thanks be to God.



Redeemer God, awaken us to your presence in these times, so that we may participate in building your Beloved Community. Amen.


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