Monday, March 4, 2013


There in the garden, with his followers, Jesus was sorrowful and troubled. And he said to them, "My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me." (Matthew 26:38)

"Watch with me." Vigilato!

Be vigilant.

In the days prior, Jesus spent a lot of time preparing his followers. "Watch" was something he emphasized. "Stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready . . . Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour." (Matthew 24:42-44; 25:13)

We are in a season of watchfulness, of vigilance. We know how this story will turn out. But there's so much still unknown. And it is that unknown that Jesus prepares us for, as we watch with him.

Come, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord,
who stand by night in the house of the Lord!
Lift up your hands to the holy place and bless the Lord!
May the Lord bless you from Zion,
he who made heaven and earth.
(Psalm 134) 

1 comment:

Chuck King said...

A word about today's video. I wrote this post on Friday, 1 March, but couldn't pair a song/hymn that seemed to work with a video I wanted to use. This was pretty much like some weeks planning services. But those all had deadlines, and eventually you just have to pick the best you can before the bulletin goes to print. So, while I love the hymn presented here, and I can see how it generally fits the season . . . that's the best for now and I just have to move on. And as for the "off-topic" video images, well, I post this one because the Bunyan lyrics are provided. "It's just one of those services."