Sister Stefanie’s Advent Scripture Study continues today. Read the readings and ponder them. Feel free to comment here, or – if you’d rather have a private conversation – email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. She’ll get back to you right away!
I love this line: A voice cries out in the desert: Prepare the way of the LORD! (Isaiah 40) It’s from the readings for the 2nd Sunday of Advent, so I’ve read it for years. But the experience that seared it into my memory was when I saw Godspell on stage with my family at the Five Flags Center in Dubuque. From the back of the darkened theater came the voice of John the Baptist singing as he walked up the aisle toward the stage. It gives me goosebumps today.
It gives me goosebumps because of its truth. We need to prepare ourselves for the coming of the Lord!
How? With the vigilance and focus it takes to seek something precious, something critically important.
Trouble is, we are accustomed to doing things the easy way. We flip a switch to be entertained. We press “buy” to acquire whatever we wish from the comfort of our chair. We watch our entire world pass by without moving a muscle.
Now, we are warned to prepare, to be vigilant. The first step, then, is to resist the urge to be entertained every night after work. Instead, let’s sit with – or walk with – or sing with – or serve meals with – or listen to – or read the Word of – God.
What’s the next step? Join in the conversation and share your thoughts! How are you preparing for Christ this advent? How are you living the life of the Gospel? In what ways are you taking time with God this Advent? How are you responding to God’s call?