Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. (Romans 13:11-12 ESV)
Hymn ELH 96:1,3 Hark, a thrilling voice is sounding!
Hark, a thrilling voice is sounding!
“Christ is nigh!” we hear it say.
“Cast away the works of darkness;
O ye children of the day!”
Lo, the Lamb, so long-expected,
Comes with pardon down from heaven.
Let us haste, with tears of sorrow,
One and all, to be forgiven.
Heavenly Father, give me strength today to leave behind sins that hold me in their grip and to put on the armor of light. Help me always to be prepared in faith for the return of your Son, my Savior, Jesus Christ. In His name I pray. Amen.