Tuesday April 4th Matthew 24 : 42
Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.
In Alice through the Looking Glass, by Lewis Carroll, the White Queen tells Alice that as her Lady's maid she can have, "Jam tomorrow and jam yesterday but never jam to-day." Which means of course that you never ever get jam!
So, what exactly are we watching for?
Are we waiting for that elusive jam which will never come?
We are watching for our saviour Jesus, our true and certain hope.
And because we are watching, keeping our eyes firmly fixed on Jesus, as we wait we are living our lives the way Jesus wants us to.
My little Grand-daughter has some home-made jam she really loves; it lives in the fridge, labelled, "Constance's Serious Jam."
And that's what we are waiting for: God's jam, the best there can ever be! And we have it yesterday, today and tomorrow. We have it yesterday because Jesus came as a fully human being who lived and died to save us. We have it tomorrow because we keep watch in certain hope for His return.
And we have that jam today, yes today. Because if we keep our eyes firmly fixed on Jesus, though the power of the Holy Spirit, he really is with us in everything we do. He shares our joys and our pain, whatever life brings.
From a hymn by Johann Franck.
Hence, all fears and sadness!
For the Lord of gladness,
Jesus, enters in;
Those who love the Father,
Though the storms may gather,
Still have peace within;
Yea, whate'er I here must bear,
Still in thee lies purest pleasure,
Jesu, priceless treasure!
Jan Goodall Boroughbridge