Jesus said, “Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, all of them became drowsy and slept. But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Look! Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ Then all those bridesmaids got up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise replied, ‘No! there will not be enough for you and for us; you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.’ And while they went to buy it, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went with him into the wedding banquet; and the door was shut. Later the other bridesmaids came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I do not know you.’ Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.” Matthew 25:1-13
Always drowsy, eyes drooping
the soft wind and the lull of the ocean
the whole body aches for the release of sleep
for dreams to cover the present hurt.
We are called to be ready at all times
lamps trimmed and full for the bridgegroom
and yet the day has been so long the work exhausting
we want to lay down and take our rest.
Does God demand an exhausted people?
do we think the Divine would abuse us this way?
Or can we live with anticipation and joy
ready to act in our sleeping or our waking?
God delights in our tenderness and care
the love we shower on one another
and the time we take to tend our bodies
as we build up the temple for God.
May we take this day the look in hope
to anticipate the miracle, the bridegroom, the change
may we believe that the Creator is on the brink
of doing a new thing in our midst.
Be awake to the possibilities
not jaded by the hurt of the past
leap up and embrace the love that is coming
light your lamps sister, the day is here!