John the Baptist Prepares the Way
1 The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God,
2 as it is written in Isaiah the prophet:
“I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way”— 3 “a voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’”
Devotion by Laurie Spencer
Under normal circumstances, Advent is a wonderful time to spend a few extra minutes with the Bible and thoughts of what our faith gives us. We focus on the coming of the birth of the baby Jesus who offers us a path forward. We meditate on the knowledge that we will be cared for throughout eternity.
This particular Advent, we need these precious moments of contemplation even more. Our sense of community and physical safety have been attacked all year long. We find ourselves in a dark, cold winter, and we hear that the Covid surge will continue to escalate.
But it’s Advent. It’s a time of hope. A time of anticipation. This beautiful passage is our pathway literally out of the wilderness that has been 2020. This Advent, we can focus not only on the promise of the baby Jesus, but on the coming of a vaccine that brings back community and health. We can meditate on the promise of 2121 when we will soon be able to embrace our loved ones once again.
Father, Mother God, loving me, help me to remember the 1.5 million souls that are in heaven who have suffered from the coronavirus. Help me to stay focused on you. Thank you for the grace of faith. Help me to keep my faith firmly in front as I walk through the wilderness.