Silence and Centering – 2 MINUTES
Prayer For Presence: “Lord manifest your presence to us, that we would experience your nearness and power.”
Scripture: Luke 3:1–6
This Advent, God calls us to be voices crying in the
wilderness. God calls us to prepare the way of the
Lord. God calls us to announce the Messiah’s coming.
When the Messiah comes, valleys are filled.
Mountains and hills are made low. These reversals
echo Mary’s song (Luke 1:46–55), in which the
powerful are brought down, and the lowly are
lifted up. They anticipate the Sermon on the Plain
(Luke 6:20–26), according to which those who are
hungry now will be filled, and those who weep
now will laugh.
Most importantly, when the Messiah comes,
“All flesh shall see the salvation of God” (Luke 3:6).
The Messiah will open our eyes so that we will
see God in our midst. We will see the invisible in
the visible. Through Jesus, we will see the image
of God in one another’s faces. And when that
happens, the crooked are made straight and
rough ways made smooth.