The Lutheran Church of Saint Mark
If that song doesn’t wake you up, nothing will. Of course, it may be just a little too cheery for some folks first thing in the morning.
Both Paul’s letter to the Romans and Matthew’s gospel speak to us about being awake. In fact, whether it is Paul or Jesus, the words come as an adamant admonition: It is time to wake up, keep watch and stay awake, less you be robbed of the most important moment of all time – the Day of the Lord’s Coming.
Well, I don’t know about you, but I don’t always find it easy to wake up these days. It has nothing to do with my ability to actually wake up; I just don’t want to open my eyes to another day of senseless violence, nations at war, people who hate each other without knowing each other, obituary pages with names of people I know, friends with incurable diseases, news about rising prices, rising crime rates and the Earth’s rising temperature alongside an ever increasing inward focus on me, myself and I, without a care in the world for any other person who may exist outside one’s own bellybutton.
Some days the world is just downright depressing, and when my alarm goes off with shouts of good morning, rise and shine, I want to toss it across the room, roll over and pull my nice warm down-comforter up over my head and hibernate for a decade or two.