Children of the Light, preparing for Jesus’ return

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Advent Reflection 12/10/14

For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief at night. When people are saying, “Peace and security,” then sudden disaster comes upon them, like labor pains upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.

But you, brothers, are not in darkness, for that day to overtake you like a thief. For all of you are children of the light and children of the day. We are not of the night or of darkness. Therefore, let us not sleep as the rest do, but let us stay alert and sober. Those who sleep go to sleep at night, and those who are drunk get drunk at night. But since we are of the day, let us be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love and the helmet that is hope for salvation. For God did not destine us for wrath, but to gain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.

I Thessalonians 5:2-9

During Advent, in addition to preparing for the celebration of Jesus’ birth, we also prepare for Christ’s second coming. We don’t know when it will happen, so we must be prepared at all times. I’ve heard it said that we should live each day as if it is our last, but also as if we will live forever.

How do you live each day as if it is your last? Don’t procrastinate the important stuff. Say “I love you.” Ask for forgiveness. Offer forgiveness to others. Give a helping hand.

If you went to sleep tonight and didn’t wake up in the morning, would you leave this life with any regrets? What can you do to fix those regrets today?

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