Everyday Spirituality: The Blog

John 1:23

“I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness,
‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ ”

The Voice

What did it feel like to be John the Baptist? We know he was considered an odd character, eating locusts and honey and living differently than everyone else. He didn’t prepare for Christmas by getting his list ready early, making cookies, mailing his presents by the safe deadline of December 15th or setting up his tree and decorations.

So what did he do? He talked about pointing the way, beyond himself, to the one who would come and shed light into the world that had become so in need of it. People liked what he had to say, they even started following him, but he told them no. I’m not the story. I’m just showing you where to look. I’m just telling you – it’s time.

It’s time to pay attention. It’s time to open our eyes and ears and hearts and notice that God’s light is shining. It’s time to reflect that love into the world and make straight the way. May it be so for you and for me.

Prayer: Dear God, Help me notice where I can be part of making a path of love for you to walk on this Christmas season. In Jesus Name, Amen

Reflection Questions:

  1. Take some time to imagine John the Baptist trying to help people understand what he was saying.
  2. What message do you think John the Baptist would have for you/for us about preparing the way today?
  3. What part of your December preparations helps you open your heart to Jesus coming into the world? What could you add or take away from your rituals that might make space?

Debbie Bronkema

Debbie is excited by the power of story to transform lives. Through her work as a pastor, author, retreat leader, and group facilitator, her hope is to plant seeds that encourage people to grow in their relationship with themselves, each other, and God.


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