Jesus predicted that all of his disciples would desert him that night. Not only Peter, but all of them promised to stay with Jesus and even die with him. Yet, a short time later, while Jesus agonized and prayed over his coming suffering and death, the disciples fell asleep—three times. Why did they sleep? Were they bored? Tired? Or maybe they just did not sense the importance of the moment. They slept through the holy moment.
Like the disciples, we confidently promise our loyalty and faithfulness to the end. We sing piously, “Take my silver and my gold, not a mite would I withhold … take my intellect, take my will, take my hands, take my feet …” It is difficult to live up to those promises. For us, sleeping through a holy moment is more than falling asleep during the sermon. For us, being attentive to holy moments also means sensing the holy in our relationships with family, friends or work associates, or seeking to bring healing to a hurting person. We are invited to become more aware of holy moments, whether in church, in our homes or at work.
Gracious God, we mean well when we promise to serve you faithfully, but sometimes we fail. We ask your forgiveness and claim your grace as you open our eyes to holy moments in our lives. Amen.
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