Thought for the Day: Yesterday I did a small funeral, which included a graveside service. There was a full processional to the cemetery, and it was about 45 minutes outside of town. We had eight police officers escorting us, and we went through every red light and stop sign along the way. To be honest, I could get used to that. And I might have gotten a little used to it, for as I was approaching the first light on my return trip (no escort), I almost ran the red light. It is amazing how quickly you can get used to something new and miss what is right in front of you…something you would have usually seen. Doesn’t our faith suggest that God is in every place, in every moment of time? If that’s the case, then the reference to Jacob waking up may not have entirely been related to literal sleep. Does life often lull us into a drowsy, even lazy awareness? Thank God that God is patient, always present and waiting until we have our moment of realization. In those moments, I don’t believe we should beat ourselves up too much. Though God might have been waiting a long time to be noticed, I don’t believe God is upset when it finally occurs.
Prayer: Awaken my spirit, Merciful God, for surely you are in this moment. Amen.
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