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[As] it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah, “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.’ Luke 3:4

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What a great (and appropriate) picture. The first candle of Advent is reflected at the base of the cross. And to the right sits the ewer (pitcher) that we use for baptism. “Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.” Luke 3:4 could be the slogan of baptism. For what else do we do when we baptize an infant but prepare the way of the Lord in the child’s life? We become part of God’s movement that is already taking place.

Likewise, if we desire to take Advent seriously, to observe a holy Advent and prepare ourselves for the coming again of our Lord, then perhaps the place to begin is to remember our own baptism and to take those vows and claims seriously.

Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

Remember your baptism and be thankful.

Larry Lenow