Thursday 24 November
The scout motto, ‘Be Prepared’ is a wonderful focus for Advent.
The inference is that as a scout you are always in a state of readiness in mind and body to do your duty. The idea is to “Be prepared in mind by having disciplined yourself to be obedient to every order, and also by having thought out beforehand any accident or situation that might occur, so that you know the right thing to do at the right moment, & are willing to do it” and to “Be prepared in body by making yourself strong and active and able to know the right thing at the right moment, and do it.”
Next Sunday’s Gospel has Jesus saying, “Keep awake, therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.” Matthew 24.36-44
In this season of preparation give us a sense of how to be ready, how to live in the new creation. Help us look to bring to fruition the dream of Jesus of our closeness to the Father bringing freedom and perfect readiness. Amen