This is just as it was written in the scroll of the words of Isaiah the prophet,
A voice crying out in the wilderness:
“Prepare the way for the Lord;
make his paths straight.
“Hi!”or “Hey!”…the usual way we greet each other. Sometimes we hear, “Wazz up?!” None of these are really invitations for us to really say what’s going on inside us. In fact, “Hi,” and “Hey” come from the same source of sound: just a kind of gentle shout to each other to let you know that you’re in each other’s presence.
“Hiya doin’?” Now we’re getting a little closer to inviting someone to say how they are. But even then, we usually give the standard answer: “OK” or “Fine.” But when we hear someone say with lots of attention and with real interest in listening…”How are you?” that becomes something warm and inviting and we get ready to share how it is with us.
How it really is inside us—whether sad, glad, mad, or feelings of love and maybe some fear—all this needs to find a way out so that the energy of peace can well up inside us because we are sharing with someone we care for and whom we trust. That’s the way it was with John the Baptist. Way down inside him, God was speaking to him and preparing him in turn to prepare others for Jesus’ coming. When we read about “The voice crying in the wilderness,” doesn’t that sound like the feelings we have way down inside us—in the “desert” part of our hearts, where the sounds of deep feelings come from? That’s the place where God speaks to you and the very feelings and sounds that we make are often one with the voice of God inside us—the Holy Spirit—who really wants to know how you are! So tell the Spirit…that’s prayer!
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Prepare the way of the Lord v. 4
For more information about this creative way to pray,
see Bible Breaths.
This is the Second Week in Advent
Winter in the north. Year C
Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from
The Revised Common Lectionary
Solar and Sacred Seasons
Some adjustments to make the church year simpler.
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet. More information…