35 “Be ready for service[g] and have your lamps lit.36 You must be like people waiting for their master to return[h] from the wedding banquet so that when he comes and knocks, they can open the door for him at once.37 Those slaves the master will find alert when he comes will be blessed. I assure you: He will get ready,[i] have them recline at the table, then come and serve them.38 If he comes in the middle of the night, or even near dawn,[j] and finds them alert, those slaves are blessed.39 But know this: If the homeowner had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into.40 You also be ready, because the Son of Man is coming at an hour that you do not expect.” Luke 12: 35-40
We pray that we stop and think about our attitude to waiting. In this world of instantaneous results we have very little patients to wait. We loose focus very quickly, our tempers become short, we become frustrated and want to move the process along a bit faster so that this task can be done and we can move on to the next event. Time has value and when it seems to be wasting, we become cranky.
Lord, teach us to be ready to serve with our lamps lit. Alert and ready to open the door when you knock. Show us how to wait in anticipation, ready to serve when you come. Lord, we pray that you will find us waiting and watching for your return. We pray in the name of Jesus our Adonai. Amen