By: Pam Strader, Pastor of Program Ministry & Pastoral Care
“I baptize you with water,” John replied, “but among you stands one you do not know. He is the one who comes after me, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.” John 1:26.
John the Baptist wanted the people to be ready. He was there to prepare the way of the Lord. He told them that the reign of God was at hand, and called them to repent and be baptized. “Be ready,” he says. “Make the path straight for the Lord.” The One they were awaiting was coming. The Messiah was at hand. Baptism was the starting point. It was just the beginning of preparing for God to be at work in their lives through this amazing hope called the Messiah. During Advent, we are also to be in preparation. While we decorate houses and bake cookies, there is more to be done. Are our hearts ready? Are our lives ready for Christ to come? Do we heed the call of John to prepare for the coming of the Lord? As the baptism of John was a cleansing to prepare for the coming of the Messiah, what are you doing to cleanse your heart and life for the birth of Christ this Advent season?
Give to me O God your wisdom for my life. Open my eyes, ears, and heart to help me discern what you would have me to make straight in my life to prepare for the coming of Christ. Baptize me with your Holy Spirit that my path may be straight and my life made whole through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.