Sunday, December 2, 2012

Keeping Vigil

"Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man." - Luke 21:36
Vigil means watchful or wakefulness. Some monasteries have an early morning prayer time called Vigils. It is the pre-dawn prayer of waiting in the dark and watching for the sun to come up. Waiting and watching. 
Advent is about waiting for Jesus to come to each and every one of us in a new way. During advent we wait and watch for the birth of Jesus. We keep vigilant. Waiting for the dark to go away and the light to come. 
When we wait, we believe that something new can happen. We wait and we watch and we believe. 
Nothing is impossible with God. 
Dear Lord, help me to stay vigilant this advent. Help me to wait and watch for your presence in my everyday life. Help me to not lose sight of the reason for the season. Amen.


Michael said...

Watching and waiting with you in prayer!

God Bless!

Colleen said...

Michael, thank you! God bless!

noreen said...

Hi Colleen, I love your beautiful header! If I knew how to change mine, I would make it more liturgically meaningful! Advent Blessings to you!

Colleen said...

Noreen, thank you! Search online for how to change a header and you can find instructions! That is what I did. Then it takes a little trial and error but it works!
God bless!

Joann / lioness said...

Amen to your beautiful prayer,Colleen. As we get older, there come many times of "been there, done that" and the wonder of newness and surprise wears away.

I like the Church's perspective of the vigil watch and prayer. Waiting in the dark for the first rays of light with hope refreshed by prayer and reflection, certainly lights a candle in the soul.

Colleen said...

Joann, thank you, I like that expression - lights a candle in the soul.

Kathleen Basi said...

Another blog friend posted about light recently, and her reflections reminded me that although we use light as a symbol of beauty and hope, light illuminates everything, including all that is ugly and wrong--so as we wait for the light, we're also waiting to be confronted with our own weakness. Not really connected with your post, per se, but I thought of it as I read and wanted to share. Her post is here:

Colleen said...

Kathleen, thank you for sharing that! That is another angle to look at. The closer we are to the Lord, the more light shines on us - the good, the bad and the ugly.

Joann / lioness said...

Kathleen, your friend has some wonderful insights into our poverty. The Light does reveal what we are. Best to see it in this life while there is time for repentance and restitution. We probably send ourselves to purgatory for want of the wedding garment we fail to put on when offered while in the flesh.