#adventbookclub Day 9: John the Baptist

John the Baptist is among my very favourite biblical characters. His wildness, his uncompromising faithfulness to the message he has been given, his joyfully incredulity at the task with which he has been entrusted, his unpretentious humility…

This is my first Advent in a new church, and I am delighted to find that we start our services during Advent by singing together “prepare ye the way of the Lord” (using the tune from “Godspell”!). Over and over again we sing it – “prepare ye the way of the Lord” – as our focus is drawn back to the longed-for Christ – “prepare ye the way of the Lord” – as we wait for the coming Light to dawn upon us – “prepare ye the way of the Lord” – even as we walk in darkness.

John the Baptist’s whole life echoes that cry. “Prepare ye the way of the Lord” rings out in his every word and teaching and action. I wonder what in our lives helps us to prepare the for the coming Christ? I wonder what in our lives calls out to others “prepare ye the way of the Lord”?

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#adventbookclub runs from 1st December until Epiphany. This year we using “The Art of Advent” by Jane Williams, and raising some money for Mercy UK, a mental health charity over at the JustGiving page here. Search #adventbookclub on Twitter or Facebook to join in the conversation.

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