Gospel Reading and Thoughts for December 6, 2015

Gospel – Luke 3:1-6

In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar,
when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea,
and Herod was tetrarch of Galilee,
and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region
of Ituraea and Trachonitis,
and Lysanias was tetrarch of Abilene,
during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas,
the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the desert.
John went throughout the whole region of the Jordan,
proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins,
as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah:
A voice of one crying out in the desert:
“Prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight his paths.
Every valley shall be filled
and every mountain and hill shall be made low.
The winding roads shall be made straight,
and the rough ways made smooth,
and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.”

 

What obstacles stand in between you and a closer relationship with God.  An unforgiven sin?  A bad habit?  A  busy schedule?

Preparing the day means that we need to make our hearts ready for Christ at Christmas.

Can we take 5 minutes a day to spend time with him?  Not while we are driving from place to place.  Not while fixing dinner or getting ready for bed. Although God is happen to spend time with us whenever we invite them in, He wants to be at the center of our hearts.  Five undistracted minutes at the end of the day or in the early quiet of morning.  We don’t need to say any more than “Jesus, I love you.  Be with me.” And then we can fall into His loving embrace and just listen for Him whispering our names and saying “I love you”.

Five minutes a day this Advent could make the difference in your life forever.