A few nights ago after 9 p.m. someone rang the door bell and pounded on the front door simultaneously. The pounding stopped as abruptly as it started so there was no sense of an accident or an emergency, but rather a possible threat, or a prank. While I headed for the front door, Bill headed for the handgun. I’ll have to admit it wasn’t the smartest move on my part to open the door without knowing who or what was out there…but hey, Bill had the handgun equipped with a laser. There was no one at the door, but as a precaution we walked the perimeter of the property a few times, double-checked all the locked doors and left the outside front light on for the rest of the night. Even days later my sense of alertness is still heightened and it crosses my mind that on a spiritual level I should have this same type of alertness. Jesus, “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him” (Matt 24:42-44 NIV).