Sunday, December 9, 2012

Luke, Chapter 3


The Preaching of John the Baptist.1In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias was tetrarch of Abilene,2during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the desert.3 He went throughout [the] whole region of the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins,4as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah:
“A voice of one crying out in the desert:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight his paths.
5Every valley shall be filled
and every mountain and hill shall be made low.
The winding roads shall be made straight,
and the rough ways made smooth,
6and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’”

We hear from John the Baptist this morning!  Prepare!  Make straight!  Sometimes (a lot of the time) I need to slow down, and take the time to prepare!  Take time to reflect, to pray, to LISTEN.  My world is filled with activity and people.  What I need at times, though, is SILENCE.  Silence to wait, to listen to what God is saying.

Take time to be silent.  To listen.  Here is Waiting In Silence, produced by Matt Kawei Studio.