Mark 1:3 the voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight,’ * * * * * * * * * There is a little internet video called "Why rivers curve." They curve because something disrupts the flow of the water and the water finds a way over it or around it or under it, if necessary. Rivers like bedrock and canyon walls, the straighter the better. The water can get to where it wants to be. Preparing the way for God's presence and purposes in our lives may well be a process of dredging out the muck and trying not to be a boulder. * * * * * * * * * Holy God, let your river flow to us, through us for the sake of us all. Amen.