Keep awake

              Keep awake—for you do not know
               when the head of the household will come.
—Mark 13.35

You can smell when it’s going to rain.
You know when a kid is hiding a surprise.
You have ways of knowing.
Awaken your wakefulness.

Watch for how the World,
TV, noise, ads, expectations,
want to put you to sleep.
Even religion will do it.
Distrust the world’s cynicism.

Stay alert to the little cracks
where the Divine slips in.
Where do you see love?
Where do you sense the hunger,
the emptiness God alone will fill?

Stay awake with holy curiosity,
with hope—not knowing the outcome,
but staying alert, trusting
God is at work—
confident not-yet-ness,
waiting, watching openness.

The head of the household
is coming.

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

November 25, 2020

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