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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for December 5, 2021

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SUNDAY, December 5                  2 Advent

Malachi 3:1 See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight—indeed, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts.

Almost fifteen years ago, I traveled to Costa Rica with a couple of girlfriends. At one point, we stayed in a tiny, one-room cabana off the Caribbean, with spiders the size of Mason jars in the shower and toucans outside the rust-paned window serving as alarm clocks.

However, because we arrived right after the rainy season ended, the nearby path to the water was completely covered by overgrown tropical vegetation. Privileged though we were, we were desperate for someone to prepare the way for us and giddily overjoyed when the landowner took a machete and chopped a path through the jungle.

In a way, I laugh at the memory, but I also can’t help but think of John the Baptist, the messenger who was sent to “prepare the way” before Jesus. For us, great delight is on the other side. After all, “indeed, he is coming,” he is coming, indeed.

MOVING FORWARD: Do you have a story of great anticipation? Write it down, then mail it to someone who might need some encouragement today.

PRAY for the Anglican Church of Burundi

Canticle 4 or 16 | Baruch 5:1-9 or Malachi 3:1-4 | Philippians 1:3-11 | Luke 3:1-6

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