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Prepare #Advent

Brueghel Pieter the Younger John The Baptist Praching

Shouting,
preparing,
get ready!

We need to prepare,
to make it possible
to work on the bumpy roads,
flatten them,
smooth them,
straighten them,
remove obstacles

work on anything
that will slow God’s arrival
in my community,
in my heart.

Environmentally friendly tack coat for potholes

What is stopping that here?
What do I need to do?
How shall I prepare?

 

The theme of the second week in Advent is The Day of Salvation.  We prepare that day.

Luke 3:1-6 (CEV)

The Preaching of John the Baptist

For fifteen years Emperor Tiberius had ruled that part of the world. Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was the ruler of Galilee. Herod’s brother, Philip, was the ruler in the countries of Iturea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias was the ruler of Abilene. Annas and Caiaphas were the Jewish high priests.

At that time God spoke to Zechariah’s son John, who was living in the desert. So John went along the Jordan Valley, telling the people, “Turn back to God and be baptized! Then your sins will be forgiven.” Isaiah the prophet wrote about John when he said,

“In the desert
    someone is shouting,
‘Get the road ready
    for the Lord!
Make a straight path
    for him.
Fill up every valley
and level every mountain
    and hill.
Straighten the crooked paths
and smooth out
    the rough roads.
Then everyone will see
    the saving power of God.’”

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Looking to Advent – Hope

By Kittelendan (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
For the week before Advent, I thought I’d post some music.  For the opportunity to reflect and lead us into a journey to Christmas.  Advent is a time of preparation, of preparing for God to come in human form, into the world, our lives and our hearts.  Are we ready?  Prepared?

Looking to Advent – Comfort

By SolLuna (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
For the week before Advent, I thought I’d post some music.  For the opportunity to reflect and lead us into a journey to Christmas.  Advent is a time of preparation, of preparing for God to come in human form, into the world, our lives and our hearts.  Are we ready?  Prepared?