Advent Meditation by Kate Sigford
Tuesday, December 18, 2008
This is the one [John the Baptist] 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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I think I heard my first retail Christmas carols before Halloween this year. I know I saw the first Macy’s Christmas displays in early October. Christmas seems to start earlier each year and get fancier. December to-do lists include decorating, cleaning, shopping, inviting guests, and cooking, doing everything in a way that would make Martha Stewart proud. Somehow our self-worth seems to be directly tied to our ability to produce a seven course Christmas dinner.
The story of John the Baptist reminds us that there is spiritual work to do before we get to Christmas. Many people were baptized by John the Baptist, but he told each of them that the true baptizer was Jesus and urged them to repent and prepare for Jesus’ coming. The season of Advent gives us a time to prepare ourselves for Jesus by making sure there is room for him in our hearts. Spend some time on internal housekeeping and clear a space for Jesus in your heart.