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“But, Thanksgiving was just last week. It’s Advent already?!”

This has been a reoccurring thought after my refreshing break away from school, spent with friends and family.  The clear answer to a seemingly rhetorical thought is, “yes, David. Advent is already here.” For some, it’s time to erect Christmas trees, lights, and nativity scenes in the front yard. But for me, it is time to “prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight”(Mark 1:3b ESV). It is the season of celebration and remembrance of Christ the King’s coming!

Hope, joy, peace, and love are a few reactions that arise during the season of Advent. I imagine that John the Baptist experienced similar feelings as he fully immersed bodies into the Jordan river and proclaimed, “after me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and unite” (Mark 1:7 ESV).  John’s humility is palpable and his prophetic voice is unwavering. I believe the call, which John so boldly answered, remains the same today: prepare the way of the Lord and speak the life changing good news that Jesus is the Light of the World. In an ever-changing world, be bold, be humble, and be prophetic during this Advent season, honoring the birth of our Savior.

 

David D. Price

Seminarian in the City