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.’”
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The only appropriate activity to prepare the way of the Lord is to repent. In general we recognize our need to repent. We throw around phrases like, "Nobody's perfect" and "I am human after all." We slide by with the phrase that public figures like to use - "Yes, mistakes were made." It is a slick phrase to acknowledge errors but avoid blaming anyone especially not taking responsibility ourselves. Preparation for the way of Lord starts with cleaning house. It starts with the clutter of our own making that we justify, excuse, or blame on someone else. When we know someone is coming to our house, we see the clutter in a new light and we clean up. It is all the stuff, the attitudes, the self-serving habits that convince us we have no room in the inn of our hearts.
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For all the obstacles we throw in your way, Lord, forgive us. 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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