Tuesday, December 24
“And be like those who are waiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and knocks.”
Waiting?? Keeping my lamp lit?? For those of you who know me – my type AA personality and ever impatient self – I forever fail at these commands. But thankfully, I am truly blessed in this life with an excellent role model, if I would just follow her lead more consistently.
Velvet and I became fast friends as the only two Protestants teaching in a Catholic school in New Mexico. Today, 43 years later, Velvet is still up at 5 every morning with her coffee, her Bible, and her devotional materials. And I find reassurance in knowing that I’m among those for whom she prays daily. Everything Velvet does in life is done to the glory of the Lord. She epitomizes Luke 12: 35-36, to the point where there was a time in my earlier days when I thought she was a bit of a “religious fanatic.” What I now realize is that Velvet simply matured in her faith way sooner than me. For her, being dressed for action and keeping her lamp lit while waiting for Christ’s return is what she does best. For me, it is still a work in progress. To say the least, Velvet has found a peace in life for which I am still searching!
Father, I know how easily I become distracted, forgetting to keep my lamp of faith lit while waiting for your return. Help me to do better – to find peace in the promise of your birth and resurrection and gladness in this time of waiting. Amen.