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Saturday, December 1, 2018

Preparing the Way

December 1

(Isaiah 40:1-4 NIV) “Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. {2} Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the Lord's hand double for all her sins. {3} A voice of one calling: "In the desert prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God. {4} Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain.

The highway through this wilderness known as “The Christmas Season” is strewn with debris, making it hazardous to our spiritual health. The crass commercialism and frantic stampedes for holiday bargains make the road treacherous. Millions get lost in the wilderness looking for this or that “must have” item at X-Mart. Parties serve up the “holiday spirit” and “x-mas cheer”. They cause many to swerve to the left and the right, both literally and spiritually. Don’t you think you’ve spent enough time in the ditch? We all need that straight highway spoken about by the prophet Isaiah. We need someone who will make the rugged places smooth. The swerving and the ups and downs are wearing us out. We need someone to fill our valleys and level our mountains. In this world of rough roads and crooked highways, we need the Lord that Isaiah saw coming. We need Jesus. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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