God has place this wonderful creation in our hands. As U2 sings, "It's a beautiful day, don't let it slip away." We have this one life to live on this beautiful planet so enjoy these reflections on God, faith, life, and music. "After the flood all of the colors came out. It's a beautiful day."

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Prepare

My advent word of the day is Prepare.
That moment when all of the food is ready, the lights are on, the drinks are out. You have prepared for your holiday party and now you wait. Will anyone show up, will people have fun, will the food be enough. You prepared and than you wait.

You have studied for years. You have been studying for months. It's the day. You are in the room with those four professors who will determine your fate. You have answered the written questions which were harder than you expected and you hoped you wrote enough. But now you get to see if the preparation was enough. You are in the room. They start asking questions about what you wrote. Then they ask a question and you are blank. The silence gets uncomfortable as you think. The men are waiting it out, waiting for you. The woman gives you a prompt. You prepared and now you have the knowledge there in your head.

This is it the final stage. You have written a paper that is supposed to share your faith, your knowledge, your dreams, your call. They asked you questions. You answered even the one that was meant to stump you. And now you are out of the room while they talk. It is taking for ever. Did you prepare enough.

You are on your way home. The baby is the back seat in the car seat. You wonder will you be good enough. Can you do this? He is so small and you may have read all the books. Are you prepared enough? Can you prepare enough?

Prepare. This word is part of our Christmas story. We have Zechariah, John the baptists father saying:

And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
   for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, 

                                                                            Luke 1:76
This baby is got a lot of growing to do. His life becomes a preparation for who he will become. He will end up out in the wilderness, calling people back to God. He will explain what he does with these words.
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.

                                        Luke 3:4
John is preparing the way for the one to come. Later in the story we have John asking if Jesus if he is the one. 
 This is the one about whom it is written,
“See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,
   who will prepare your way before you.” 

                                        Luke 7:27
 Prepare the way. This time of year as we prepare our houses for Christmas, As we decorate, as we plan menus, parties, presents, we are reminded that what we are preparing for  is the coming of God. We are preparing in order for there to be a place for the Lord to enter our lives again. We are reminded that we can alawys prepare the way of the Lord.

Take time this season to prepare for for the Lord, to prepare for teh coming gain and always for the coming of Jesus.
Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord

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