Children of Light

Jessica Bratt Carle

READ : 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

The day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. (v. 2)

I had to stifle a chuckle as I drove to church on the Sunday following May 21, 2011. That was the day Harold Camping and his followers had predicted, no, insisted, that the world would come to an end. As I passed a billboard proclaiming the definitive date, I thought, well, here we are. I guess God still has plans for us!

Reading this passage again, I’m struck by Paul’s insistence that we are children of the day. Picturing the day of the Lord coming “like a thief in the night” always made me think of a fearful time of waiting. If we were children of the night we could only hunker down and hope all our preparations were enough. But we don’t live in the darkness of night, where fear and uncertainty can paralyze us. We live in the bright daylight of possibility, where the wonder and the opportunities all around us are illuminated. God is not through with us yet, and as long as we’re here there’s more of the kingdom mystery breaking in, more for us to see and experience. We don’t need to know “the day or the hour” because we prepare for the day of the Lord by participating in today. Because this day, and every day, is “the day that the Lord has made.” So “let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Ps. 118:24)!


Lord, show me how to join you in kingdom living today.