Our passage for this Sunday is about as Advent-y as they come. Advent means “coming”. During the season of Advent, we prepare for the coming of Christ into the world. In our passage for Sunday, John the Baptist is calling out to “Prepare the way of the Lord; make his paths straight.” There are two things worth noting as we too work on preparing the way: (1) John is calling in the wilderness, and (2) preparing is active. To make the paths straight means to get the obstacles out of the way for ourselves and others to connect to the love of God. Where this is the most necessary is in the scary, lonely, disorienting places of life.
Our bulletin art for this week features a gathering of people along a winding shore, signs held up in proclamation. It reminds me of the days of DHPC gathering at the Pride parade to hold up signs proclaiming God’s love for all, and at the March for Our Lives, calling for gun policy reform; and the Advent day we filled the front steps of the church with signs of welcome and support for immigrants during the Muslim travel ban. John the Baptist’s proclamation in the wilderness is much like a protest urging a change of heart and policy. It is a call to the people to get to work on a world that reflects the love and light of God, to make it as easy as possible for people to know God and God’s grace. If John the Baptist were holding up signs to us calling us to prepare the way, what do you think they would read? If we join in preparing the way, what should our own signs read, and how should we live them out in action?
Join us as we think about preparation and what it looks like in the places where the chips are down.
Scripture: Mark 1:1-8
Reflection: “Show and Tell”
I hope to see you on Zoom or on the lawn at 3 PM, for the Advent Event (or both).