Wisdom 6:12-16; Psalms 63:2-8; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Matthew 25:1-13
Many years ago, a pastor was sitting alone in his Church, quietly reflecting on a theological tome he had been reading. Suddenly, his reverie was interrupted by the noise of a sparrow banging in terror against a stained glass window in the sanctuary. Somehow the bird had found itself trapped inside the Church and desperately wanted out. After freeing the bird, the pastor pondered the theological significance of the event. And this led him to the discovery that there are a number of funny birds fluttering about the Church. Tongue-in-cheek, he then began to name these strange birds by species. Among them was the “Great Speckled Pew Snoozer,” which he described as follows:
Great Speckled Pew Snoozers are members of a very large family. An easily domesticated breed, they take readily to captivity and settle down contentedly in any suitable sanctuary.
Once they are perched for Sunday’s worship event, they surrender to some primeval instinct and immediately drop off to sleep. The characteristic is not…
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