So then, let’s not sleep like the others,
but let’s stay awake and stay sober.
1 Thessalonians 5:6
Do you know someone whose name is Gregory? There is a word in this passage that reveals the root meaning of that name. The Greek word is egeiro. It is the first of two words that St. Paul uses in the imperative mood in verse 6. “Stay awake and be sober.” The idea comes from the time when there were security guards awake during the night in three-hour shifts, watching and protecting the town from enemy attack. Spiritually, we are at risk of being attacked from the enemy of all enemies, the fallen angel, Satan. We need to be vigilant and alert to catch early signs of temptation. In that way, before the attraction to do wrong gets too close, we can deal with it from far away. Thus we cooperate with God’s grace in those times when we are tempted to do something bad—or even just doing something less good.
Are there people, places and things in your life that the spiritual Enemy especially uses to draw you away from the love of God?
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Always watchful and sober v. 6
For more information about this creative way to pray,
see Bible Breaths.
This is the fifth of thirteen weeks
in the season of Kingtomtide,
autumn in the north Year B.
Thursdays are dedicated to the New Testament, except the Gospels.
For the first six Thursdays, we read 1 Thessalonians.
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet. More information…