IF WAKEFUL CHRISTIANS harbor a wish for heaven to fulfill, they wish not for an escape from reality, but for a deeper acquaintance with reality. When wakeful Christians lament this life, they grieve this world’s trivialization of itself that obscures the more profound reality of the kingdom of God in our midst. Yet, more often wakeful Christians celebrate life, finding the mark of God’s hand in this world and beginning their praise with the discovery of the holy here.
“Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory” (Isaiah 6:3), the seraphim sang. Wakeful visions of otherworldly praise reveal angels singing of God’s reign on earth as it is in heaven.
– J. Marshall Jenkins
A Wakeful Faith
From page 206 of A Wakeful Faith: Spiritual Practice in the Real World by J. Marshall Jenkins. Copyright © 2000 by J. Marshall Jenkins. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
Where have you experienced God’s holy presence in the world? Share your thoughts.
Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.”
John 6:68-69, NRSV
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This week we remember: Rose of Lima (August 23).
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