Posted by: Melissa Bane Sevier | November 25, 2019

If only we had known

But understand this: if the owner of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour. [from Matthew 24]

Advent is about many things, and one of them is about paying attention to what’s happening all around us, and being ready to take action.

If we’d only known when the thief was coming, we’d have stayed awake.

If we’d only known there was a serious problem, we’d have gone to the doctor sooner.

If we’d only known that children were being abused, we’d have done something about it.

If we’d only known that white nationalists were going to kill someone at Charlottesville, we’d have spoken up.

If we’d only known that there were hungry kids in our neighborhood, we’d have made sure there was a program to feed them.

If we’d only known that the climate crisis was real, we’d have been more active in connecting with our representatives.

If we’d only known that some elderly people were being mistreated, we’d have reported it.

If we’d only known that sometimes the hope that people need would depend on our action, we’d have acted.

This season of Advent is about many things. One of them is a reminder that bad things happen in this world, and we are obligated as people of faith to act.

Watch, pay attention, speak up, act.

© Melissa Bane Sevier, 2019


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  1. […] Melissa Bane Sevier writes on her blog: “If we’d only known there was a serious problem, we’d have gone to the doctor sooner. […]


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