Awake, O Sleeper

Collect of the Day

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, Your mercies are new every morning; and though we deserve only punishment, You receive us as Your children and provide for all our needs of body and soul. Grant that we may heartily acknowledge Your merciful goodness, give thanks for all Your benefits, and serve You in willing obedience; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

 

Readings

The readings for this upcoming Sunday at St. Paul Lutheran Church:
Isaiah 42:14-21
Ephesians 5:8-14
John 9:1-41 or John 9:1-7, 13-17, 34-39

The readings from Scripture this week reveals that it is God’s desire for us to walk in the light of His love and no longer walk in the darkness of our sin.

Isaiah shares the promise that God will knock down the mountains and turn the rivers dry. This might sound very bad for us. But it is good news for us because God wants us to easily find our way to Him. The Lord will not forget us or leave us trapped in our own blindness. He will put to shame our foolishness and our unrighteousness.

St. Paul writes to the Ephesians about that movement from darkness to the light of the Lord. We are no longer caught in the dark and we are encouraged to no longer live like we are blind. Paul tells us to walk as children of the light. I think of people in darkness through their own misdeeds. But I also think that Paul points us to see the sleeper that has been so lazy that he has not noticed that the day has finally come. The time has come to wake up, no more time for snoozing. No more time for sleeping in and being afraid of the day. The day that the Lord is setting for us is filled with the light of Christ shining upon us. The future is so bright but we don’t need to wear shades, because we can see clearly through the love of Christ.

In the Gospel of John we meet with the disciples a blind man, blind from birth. Questions swirl about who is to blame for this man’s blindness. Jesus interrupts this blame game and tells the disciples that this man was born blind so that the glory of God would be displayed through him. Jesus enters into this man as the light of the world and through mud and spit brings sight to this blind man. The crowds gather and question if the same man that they have known blind can now see. Some think they must be seeing a different man. He kept saying, “I am the man.”

 

We can wake up from our darkness and go out into our days trusting that where the light of Christ shines we will not be put to shame.

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