Prepare the way
Repentance - that turn of heart and mind.
Turning from what?
Turning toward what or better yet, who?
Turning from our way of doing life, of striving, of trying to get our needs and desires met.
Of expecting others to fill the void in our hearts.
Of expecting others to meet our needs and desires.
Every other thing, every other person we turn to other than God will eventually let us down.
Turning from "my way" is better than "your way Lord"
I know what is best for me.
The truth really is we don't know what is best for us.
We may think we are choosing wisely, be we don't have the big picture.
If you believed there was a person who loved you unconditionally, as you are now, not expecting you to be other that what you are at this moment.
If you believed there was a person who saw the big picture of life, and knew your place in the big scheme of things.
If he knew where you fit, your purpose for being alive.
If you believed he was good, and only wanted your best, always.
Would you choose to turn to this person???
If you do not believe, would you like to believe it to be true??
Are you willing to be open to the possibility of it being true?
He is not holding out on us - He is willing to show us if we just ask.
He does not come where He is not welcome.
What better time to ask these questions, than the time we celebrate his birth.
Advent reading for Saturday: Psalm 80:1-18; Matthew 17: 9-13
O Holy One Who Comes, we turn again to you, and we open our hearts, we open our minds, we open our entire beings to your approach. We ask for strength and wisdom that we may now prepare the way. We ask that all may receive you in joy. Now and forever. Amen )
(Prayer, Scott Cairns, God with Us)