Thursday, December 4, 2008

You Snooze, You Lose

When our family is all together, my mom likes to make a big country breakfast. Biscuits, sausage gravy, real bacon, eggs or egg casserole, and something sweet that varies from gathering to gathering is a sample menu. Its been a favorite event for everyone in our family but especially the men folk. This year, our Thanksgivng gathering was small and some physical challenges dictated that my mom's menu and presentation needed to be scaled down. It was still good and far more elaborate than my typical poptart and cold cereal offerings. One of my children who isn't much of a breakfast person anyway chose to sleep in that morning and missed the delicious feast. While the rest of us were filled and fueled far into the afternoon, this child was "starving" before the next feeding. With all compassion and sincerity of heart I responded to their despair with, "You snooze, you lose".

After perusing all the Black Friday sale ads, I determined that there wasn't any bargain worth getting up at 3:00 AM. So I slept in. Later I saw the GPS unit we were looking at purchasing was $97 at Walmart if you were there at 5:00 AM. I'm sure they were sold out at 5:05 AM. I shrugged my shoulders and declared to myself, "You snooze, you lose".

After a week of listening to the new Casting Crowns Christmas CD, I finally "got" the words to "While You Were Sleeping" by Mark Hall:
Oh little town of Bethlehem
Looks like another silent night
Above your deep and dreamless sleep
A giant star light up the sky
And while you're lying in the dark
There shines an everylasting light
For th King has left His throne
And is sleeping in a manger tonight, tonight
O Bethlehem, what you have missed while you were sleeping
For God became a man
And stepped into your world today
Oh Bethlehem, you will go down in history
As a city with no room for its King
While you were sleeping, while you were sleeping

United States of America
Looks like another silent night
As we're sung to sleep by philosophies
That save the trees and kill the children
And while we're lying in the dark
There's a shout heard 'cross the eastern sky
For the Bridegroom has returned
And has carried Hid bride away in the night
America, what will we miss while we are sleeping
Will Jesus come again
And leave us slumbering where we lay
America, will we go down in history
As a nation with no room for its King
Will we be sleeping
Will we be sleeping
United States of America
Looks like another silent night

You snooze, you lose.

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