Isaiah 40:3-5 (NRSV)

3 A voice cries out:  “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. 4 Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low;  the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. 5 Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all people shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

Matthew 3:3 (NRSV)

3 This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said,  “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness:  “Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.’ ”

DEVOTION – Luis P. Hidalgo Ruiz (Araucania, Chile)

My two-year-old grandson, Emilio, and I were watching for his mother to return from the university.  As on every evening, we stationed ourselves by the window that allowed us to see the entryway to our home.  When I saw her, I said to Emilio, “Your mother is here.”  With all the joy and excitement of a two-year-old, he shouted, ” She’s here!  She’s here!  as he went to the door to greet her with hugs and kisses.

My experience with Emilio reminds me of the season of Advent, which is a season of waiting.  The church universal awaits the coming of the Christ child.  The season of Advent invites us to prepare for his coming.  The Anointed One came over 2,000 years ago, but each year we await his return.  Are we prepared to receive him?  Do we, Like Emilio, wait eagerly for the Beloved One to knock at our door?  May the coming of the Lord find us prepared to receive him!

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Christ will come again.  Are we prepared?

PRAYER: God of all seasons, thank you for the blessing of a time to wait for your Son, our Lord and Savior, in whose name we pray.  Amen.