Advent Reflections | Week 2

Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Because you sent your beloved Son to redeem us from sin and death, and to make us heirs in him of everlasting life; that when he shall come again in power and great triumph to judge the world, we may without shame or fear rejoice to behold his appearing.
— Book of Common Prayer

A voice cries: "Make straight in the desert a highway for our God". In our noisy world, there is always someone talking. Imagine a silent world. Imagine no radios, no iPods, no TV's, no constant chatter. The silence would be suffocating. It would cover us like a blanket of lead. Heavy. Unyielding. 

After nearly four hundred years a voice cries: "Comfort, comfort my people". Breaking the suffocating silence comes the promise of comfort.

After nearly four hundred years a voice cries: "prepare the way of the Lord". Breaking the suffocating silence; Yahweh is on the move.

After nearly four hundred years a voice cries: "Behold, the Lord God comes with might". Breaking the suffocating silence comes the hope of deliverance.

After nearly four hundred years a voice cries: "He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young." Breaking the suffocating silence; God will be with us.