“Be Prepared” for Christmas
“Be Prepared” for Christmas
“A voice cries out:  ‘In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.  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.  Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all people shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.’" 
- Isaiah 40:3-5
In my work with Scouting through the years, one aspect that is always emphasized is the Boy Scout Motto:  “Be Prepared”.  For Scouts, their adolescence is a time of preparation for growth into responsible manhood.  It is a time of learning and development, physically, mentally and morally.
For the Christian, Advent is also a time of preparation and growth.  As Christians, we should strive to “Be Prepared” for the birth of the Christ child.  Advent helps us with this preparation for Christmas.  We are reminded of Israel’s hope for the coming of the Messiah, who would save and forgive.  Advent is an opportunity for us to grow as Christians and to share with others our joy and peace that can only come through knowing Christ.
To be truly prepared, we must remember the call to repentance in the words of Isaiah, later recalled by John the Baptist, “prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God”.  These words call us to turn away from the commercial and consumer-focused interpretations of Christmas to reach out to those in need.
Almighty and everlasting Lord, we praise you for your loving mercy.  We thank you for the gift of the Christ child, who came to bring us love and salvation.  Help us to share the love of Christ with those in need this Advent season.  These things we ask in the name of Christ.  Amen
- John Pratt


Last Published: November 27, 2013 3:32 PM
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