During the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the wilderness. And he went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet,
One of the traditions that my husband and I started with our family when the children were young was to make putting up the tree a celebration. Each child would find their special ornaments and put them on the tree. Afterwards we had a fancy meal with chocolate fondue for dessert. It was our way of preparing for the holidays. As much as I have enjoyed making this preparation for Christmas each year, this year I want to think more about preparing my heart. John the Baptist was called to prepare the way for Jesus and he did that by calling the people to repentance. The first step in preparing for Jesus is to carefully examine our lives and seek God’s forgiveness. Only then will we be able to make way for the Lord to come into our hearts.
As we prepare our homes for Christmas, prepare our hearts for your coming. Help us to take time to examine our lives, realign our priorities and values, confess our sin, and seek your forgiveness.
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