Thought for the week

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“A voice of one call­ing the desert, ‘Pre­pare the way for the lord’.” (Isa­iah 40:3, Matthew 3:3)

THE need to be pre­pared.

Holy Scrip­tures re­mind us that prepa­ra­tion is an es­sen­tial part of life.

There are many things for which prepa­ra­tion is nec­es­sary.

The prophet Amos is­sued the solemn warn­ing, Pre­pare to meet your God, O Is­rael. (Amos 4:12)

It was John the Bap­tist who ful­filled the proph­esy of Isa­iah – A voice of one call­ing the desert, ‘Pre­pare the way for the lord’. ( Isa­iah 40:3, Mat-

thew 3:3) The sea­son of Ad­vent is the time when Chris­tians pre­pare to cel­e­brate the birth of the Lord Je­sus Christ, while Lent is the sea­son when we pre­pare to cel­e­brate the events of Easter.

There are many other mat­ters that call for prepa­ra­tion, of­ten things which can bring changes in life, such as ex­ams, mar­riage, the birth of a baby, a change in ca­reer.

Other things of a less dra­matic na­ture also re­quire prepa­ra­tion – cook­ing a meal, go­ing on hol­i­day, lead­ing wor­ship on Sun­day.

I have re­cently mar­ried hav­ing been a wid­ower for over six years, and will soon be re­tir­ing from parish min­istry.

These are changes that cer­tainly in­volve an im­por­tant el­e­ment of prepa­ra­tion.

But it is most im­por­tant that we should be pre­pared in spir­i­tual things.

Are we pre­pared to meet with God, pre­pared for the way of the Lord to be ful­filled in us and through us?

Noth­ing can be more vi­tal than prepa­ra­tion for the ser­vice of God and the good of our souls. Rev. Ge­orge G. Cringles ( Min­is­ter of the Isle of Coll, linked with Con­nel Parish Church of Scot­land)

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