Opening Prayer: Help me, Lord Jesus, to prepare the way for your coming, whatever that may mean. Amen.
Scripture: Isaiah 40:3-5
Journal: How are you preparing the way, both within you and around you, for the coming of Jesus?
Reflection: “What is required is a constant aliveness to God—an aliveness present when you talk, read, watch, or examine something.” ~St. Theophan the Recluse
Advent is here, and once again we have a beautiful invitation from God to enter into the watching and waiting of the season as we prepare for his coming. But just how do we “prepare the way” (Isaiah 40:3) for the coming of the King into our everyday lives during this season? One way is by paying attention, which is a lot harder than it sounds. A vital attentiveness to God’s movement and God’s presence is required. An aliveness to God, and to his Spirit, must be nurtured and nourished within us. This aliveness is nurtured by prayer and nourished by love. So let us be diligent in the days ahead to make relentless time and space to pray and to love.
Closing Prayer: Help me, Lord Jesus, to be alive to you at all times and in all ways. I cannot do that on my own, so please to a deep work within me. Amen.