As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet: ‘A voice of one calling in the wilderness, “Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him. Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill made low. The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth. And all people will see God’s salvation.” ‘ Luke 3.4-6
The second Sunday in advent is all about Faith and the trust that the journey to Bethlehem took.
Everybody’s journey with God takes a different path, it will begin and end at different places, with different challenges, celebrations and circumstances along the way. Mary and Joseph embarked on a journey to Bethlehem, not knowing what lay at the other end, not aware of the impact the child they were carrying would have on the world, even if they trusted that it was Gods Son.
What they did know however was that they had every faith in God and Gods plan. Faith that they had listened to God and were going the right way. Faith that God would smooth the valleys and crooked roads that stood ahead of them.
Christmas can prompt a time of reflection, a time of looking back on the year, what you’ve done, where you’ve been and maybe beginning to look forward to where the next year may go. How many of you look back on the year and can see where God moved, where God made your valleys smooth and straightened your crooked roads?
Take a moment and think about a particular part of the last year. On a piece of paper draw or sketch what that part of the year looked like. Think about your peaks and troughs and how you went from each bit in your life to the other. What does it look like? Is it a straight path?
Let’s get moving….
With your little map and drawing in front of you. Consider what it might look like to move your journey.
- Does it have different levels, are there moments of quiet and stillness, fast and craziness, spiralling, rolling?
- If you knew God was by your side along the way would your movement change at all?
Development Options –
- If you’re able to work with someone or a group. Have a go at linking your journeys together, or dancing your sequences side by side.
- How different do they look if you add someone in. Can that person provide support and comfort at moments when you thought there were none?
Place a blank piece of paper on the wall. That’s the journey that is ahead of you. It’s unknown, it’ll take faith, but God will lead you where you need to go. Place this next to it, if you want to. The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth.
Help me in those moments on my journey when I know that I’m struggling but can’t see you, feel you or know that you are there. Let me soak in your word and knowledge that you will take me down the pathway that needs to be trodden. Amen.