"In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said, “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.’” - Matthew 3:1-3
The anticipation for a big event is thrilling. I love the process of picking out what I want to wear, imagining who I will get to talk with, and the general feeling that something wonderful is going to happen. While we wait for an event we prepare for what is about to happen. Some of you may head to the dry cleaners, some of you may be in the kitchen making some delicious cuisine, and some of you may need to welcome the calm and simply sit in silence with a cup of coffee. We prepare in different ways when we are getting ready for something big.
In Sunday's text we are reminded of the spiritual preparation we are to partake in during Advent. We are invited to prepare the way of the Lord during this season of anticipation. Spiritual preparation might be going to worship each week, praying, yoga, reading Scripture, or it may mean writing in a journal. During the hustle of the holidays don't forget to take a moment to spiritually prepare for Christmas. Perhaps that may even mean just stopping and breathing.
Sometimes I need music for my preparation for Christmas. This piece from Godspell is helping me prepare today. We anticipate Christmas by preparing our hearts and minds during the season of Advent. May your hope be renewed this week!