Advent Reflection: Keeping Watch, Prepare the Way


“Prepare ye the way of the Lord,,” (Isaiah 40:3 KJV).

A heart that is preparing the way for God, is one that waits in the stillness of silence and relies on faith, not sight or senses.  Don’t get me wrong, our senses are there because God put them there. They are an important part of how God put us together.  On the other hand, have you ever noticed how much we can learn from someone who cannot see with their eyes, speak with their mouth or hear with their ears?

We prepare the way for God in our lives by being open to God’s presence and leaving ourselves open.  It is when we close ourselves off that God cannot come in and make a home in us.  Yet, there is one thing about the Holy Spirit.  If the Spirit wants to get our attention, He will keep knocking and wait for us to open the door.

The image of the desert is one that we need to meditate on.  In the desert all that we have ever clung to is gone.  In the desert we encounter everything, and nothing is hidden.  We see things as they are, not as we would want them to be.  Our one task in the desert is to trust in faith that even without, God will give us what we need.

Prepare the way of the Lord, make a place for God and God will certainly be there.


Br. Anselm Philip King-Lowe, n/OSB

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