Scripture: Isaiah 40:3-4
Reflection: Unlike everything else around us, the church is in no hurry to get us to Christmas. As people of faith, this path to Christmas is a journey. The journey enables us to pause and take a deep breath. The journey invites us to linger and let go so that there is room for something new and unknown.
I know we think we don’t need anything more unknown or uncertain in our lives in 2020! We just need that baby Jesus to be born and remind us that light shines in the darkness … but let’s not rush. Remember, we are in no hurry.
To move through this place of not knowing is annoying but possible and maybe even full of grace. “Prepare the way”, Isaiah says.
Let’s go back and linger a bit. What is taking up a lot of room or too much room in your life? “Prepare the way”, Isaiah says. What has to go for there to be more room for the living God?
Let’s prepare our hearts, our lives and the church for the birth of something new and altogether unforeseen.
Prayer: God with each breath, we offer praise to you for life and love. With each breath we take steps to let go of things that limit ourselves and others from living fully with you. With each breath we look. Linger. Prepare. Come into our lives once again bringing whatever will bring about your beloved community. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush, Associate Pastor for Youth and Their Families
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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].