I find that, even without a New Year's resolution, there is a nervousness I feel, about "being ready."
Back in prep school, our Glee Club sang a fast little song about the most important getting ready. It sang "Well - I want to be ready, ready, ready, when He comes! I want to be ready when He comes again!" It was out of the black spiritual tradition of being ready when Jesus returns, in His second coming.
But, there are all kinds of getting ready that are part of our spiritual tradition. Getting ready for whatever God may be preparing us for, in the new year, or just around the corner, or in a new stage of our lives - in a new job, in parenthood, in old age.
My nervousness is about being ready for things that are already in the works, already planned, and soon to come to pass.
In the next couple of weeks our Pilgrim Center President, with his wife Annette, says he'll be preaching in a couple of churches, but also leading a 1/2 day retreat for them. Then on the 18th, he heads out to Africa and then Nepal to lead five healing retreats, and a training retreat. Our Todd Bertelson will be with him.
What's for me, I think? What's ahead? And - can I do whatever it may be, especially what God wants me to do? To be ready, for sure, I need to be alert, look around, pray, watch, listen. Somethings coming, I know.
Arthur A Rouner, Jr -
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