Luke 3:4 As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet: “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’”
This is written about John the Baptist comparing his message and mission with that of Isaiah the Old Testament prophet. We understand that John was preparing the way for Jesus to come on the scene back then. In Advent we also think about how God might be coming to our lives today. What would it mean to make a straight path for him? In the ancient world they would smooth the roads and fix up the potholes when an important person was coming for an official visit. What path in your life may have gone crooked and should be straightened out as you prepare to observe Christmas this year? Jesus came to a world that was not smooth and easy. He will come to us even if our lives are that way too. But wouldn’t it be better to receive him all prepared spiritually with our lives as straightened out as we can? As you make your Christmas list maybe you could also make a list of disciplines you need to develop or relationships you need to mend or compassion you could offer. What do you hear the voice in the wilderness saying to you this Advent?