Luke 3: 4-6
As it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah, “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth; all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’”
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This word is filled with good news and bad news. First, the bad news. No one who lives on a mountain wants to hear that it is going to lose elevation. Throughout history, a castle is put on a hill to be seen as lofty and higher than everyone else. Mountain locations were a defensive necessity against an invading enemy. Mansions are built in isolated locations with spectacular views. Mountains by themselves are not deserving of being lowered.....they represent the powerful, the rich, the arrogant. The good news is for those who are slogging through unpaved, muddy rutted paths, for those whose journey seems to go in circles, for those who find obstacles in their way, for those who travel without shoes without anything or anyone to protect them or welcome them. All will see the salvation of God. It is just that for some, they will still be thinking about their loss of elevation.
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Holy God, wake us up. Amen.
Deb Grant, resilient child of God, creative tinker of paper, ink, wood, shiny things, paint and words. The human amusement of a parrot and a dog.
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