Scripture: Mark 1:1-3
Reflection: Prepare the way of the Lord! And so the season of Advent begins. During the season we usually are busy preparing – preparing for parties, preparing for gift exchanges, preparing for family photographs, preparing for travel. But this year will be different. How can we prepare the way of the Lord this year?
Several years ago I asked a group of children about how they prepare at home for the arrival of guests. They talked about cleaning up their toys, cooking, making beds and even fluffing the pillows! As we prepare for the coming of Christ, we are invited to do some spiritual housecleaning. We are invited into a time of self-examination and reflection. It might be time to declutter and get rid of some old grudges or resentments. It might be time to straighten up by creating a new spiritual habit like daily prayer or Bible reading. It might be time to focus on loving your neighbors by finding a way to serve in our community. We are reminded that Christ is coming into our lives and into our world. This year, Advent will be different. Perhaps it’s an invitation to deeper spiritual preparation. It’s just the beginning of the good news. There is so much more to come.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help me prepare myself, my community and my world for your coming. When I am distracted by the world’s busy-ness, remind me of your presence. Make this season of Advent a time of transformation in my life. Amen.
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[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].