December 13 Edevotional
MAKING ROOM, ADVENT TWO
“Comfort, comfort my people! says your God. Speak compassionately to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her compulsory service has ended, that her penalty has been paid, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins! A voice is crying out: “Clear the Lord’s way in the desert! Make a level highway in the wilderness for our God” Every valley will be raised up, and every mountain and hill will be flattened. Uneven ground will become level, and rough terrain a valley plain. The Lord’s glory will appear, and all humanity will see it together; the Lord’s mouth has commanded it.” Isaiah 40:1 – 5
The Advent readings are filled with images of the wilderness. We do not walk into the wilderness unprepared. The wilderness is an untamed, unpredictable place of solitude and searching. Isaiah’s reading for the week speaks first of receiving God’s forgiveness and comfort, God’s peace/shalom. And then the prophet calls for clearing the way, making room in the wilderness for the Lord’s way.
What do you need to clear in your own life for the way of the Lord?
Brene Brown writes in her book, Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone, to truly belong to God in yourself, you must find the special courage it takes to brave the wilderness and even “become the wilderness.”
Standing alone in a hypercritical environment or standing together in the midst of differences requires one tool above all there: trust. To brave the wilderness and becoming the wilderness we must learn how to trust ourselves and trust others.
It’s about flattening the walls, the hills and mountains we build. It’s about raising up the valleys and living from our wild heart rather than our weary hurt. To flatten the hills and make the uneven ground level, we must learn trust. “Trust”, writes Brown, “is choosing to risk making something you value vulnerable to another person’s actions.” “Mistrust is deciding that what is important to me is not safe with this person in this situation (or any situation).
In what places of your life do you need to make room for trust to grow?
Rev. Sherrie Lowly
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