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Keep awake

Morning: Psalm 89:1-18; I Samuel 5:1-12; Acts 5:12-26
Evening: Psalm 89:19-52; Luke 21:29-36

Apocalyptic writing deals with the ‘end times’. On a personal level, we are preoccupied with life after death; on a cosmic level, the ‘end of the world’.  Since death is real, we cannot help wondering how everything will turn out.  Yet it is not wise to be overly preoccupied with these questions.  Instead, says Jesus, ‘be alert’, and ‘stay awake’; live consciously. To live unconsciously is not to know what moves you – it is like death.  But while I have life, I really want to live it to the fullest. Don’t you?  Let the next life take care of itself.



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