“Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. . .”
Mark 1:3 NRSV
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Fall is upon us! November brings a full month of special days ranging from All Saints' Day to Veterans' Day, Thanksgiving, and the first Sunday of Advent. While I don't want to rush the Christmas season, I do want to point out that Advent – the season of preparation for the arrival of Jesus – begins on Sunday, November 29.
For the secular world, preparation for Christmas involves decorating, shopping, gift wrapping, and party invitations. For Christians, there also needs to be preparation, but it is of our hearts and souls. You see, for the church, Advent is not so much about preparation for the celebration of Jesus’ birth, as it is the preparation for his second coming.