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LIKE A TOWN that has been bypassed by the interstate, Advent is a season of the church year that has been “buy”-passed. Our commercial culture is in the fast lane to make a profit and doesn’t seem to have time to reflect upon the words of the Old Testament prophets that foretold the coming of the Lord’s deliverer. Advent is not one of the glamour seasons of the church year, it is a blue collar account of how God worked to prepare the way for the Messiah. It emphasizes the words of the prophets, the obstacle of human sin, and God’s relentless love for a fallen humanity. Isaiah is one of the Old Testament prophets that acts like a bulldozer to get us ready for the coming of Christ we celebrate at Christmas. In the 40th Chapter of Isaiah we read, “In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. Then the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all people shall see it together, for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.” One thing is clear in this reading, there are barriers that must be overcome on the road to salvation.

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The first hindrance we notice is this road is being constructed in the wilderness. Throughout scripture the wilderness is a symbol of the chaos caused by human rebellion. It is a place of uncertainty and testing. Moses leads the people of Israel through the wilderness to the promised land and Jesus is tempted in the wilderness by Satan. Isaiah captures this idea of struggle against sin by saying, “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord.” The first step of Advent journey is the honest evaluation of our surroundings, we live in the wilderness of a sinful world.

The second observation comes when Isaiah declares, “Every valley shall be lifted up.” One of the counter intuitive facts of the holiday season is that it is the time of year when depression is the most common and most intense. Many people are dealing with the emotional valleys of life, such as the loss of a loved one, financial pressures, or strained relationships. These valleys must be lifted up in prayer as we recognize we cannot always deal with difficult issues on our own.

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The third impediment Isaiah identifies is that, “every mountain and hill be made low.” With the heightened level of activity during this time of year it is easy to become overwhelmed with a mountain of commitments. The road to a joyful Christmas does not necessarily mean a traffic jam on your calendar. Be selective with the obligations you make. When we can do this it makes the possibility of Isaiah’s final declaration a greater reality, “The glory of the Lord shall be revealed.”

As you travel the road of life this Advent and Christmas season may you experience the glory of God’s love!•


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