“While the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.” Matthew 25:5
O that I may be roused out of my slumber, and be watchful and ready for the coming of my Bridegroom! How many are there that set out, in good earnest, in their way to Heaven, and run well for some time — but at last are lulled to rest and entangled again with a false notion of liberty! Even the wise virgins fell asleep.
Let this be a warning to me, O Lord! Set a guard before my eyes, ears, and other faculties — lest the world should again enter through these avenues to the heart. If the spark is not speedily extinguished — it will soon break out into a flame; thus sin is of a progressive nature, and its venom spreads quickly and very wide unless it is stopped and opposed in time.
Watch, therefore, over this unsteady heart of mine, O Keeper of Israel, that as soon as it begins to wander from You, I may be alarmed and may flee from sin as from a serpent! Give me grace to look upon every hour as my last, so that, being ever wisely upon my guard — I may meet You with joy when my time is run out, whenever it shall please You to call me hence.
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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