Called By Advent–Calling

Leonardo Da Vinci's Hand of John the Baptist

A voice of one calling: “In the wilderness prepare the way for the LORD ; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

Isaiah 40:3

“You would not have called to me unless I had been calling to you,” said the Lion.

C.S. Lewis in The Silver Chair

We think of our “calling” as an almost mystical sense of what we are meant to do or become. God calls us by name and dwells with us and among us. It is an irresistible invitation to share with others. So we are called to calling.

Our voices cry out in loneliness, in fear, in gratitude, in joy.

We have heard His voice and become His echo on earth.

Since no man is excluded from calling upon God the gate of salvation is open to all. There is nothing else to hinder us from entering, but our own unbelief.

John Calvin

Lenten Meditation–Make Straight

The voice of him that cries in the wilderness,
prepare ye the way of the Lord.
Make straight in the desert
a highway
for our God.

Isaiah 40:3

This is the time of year when I get off track.   Lost and wandering in a wilderness of winter doldrums,  I have too much to do at work, too little time at home and farm cherishing the precious relationships in my life.

Winter still clings like a cement suit having become a desert of deprivation gone on too long.   I yearn for respite.

And so today, a voice cries out to prepare.

It is time to look where I’m going, to walk a path with a goal in mind, and stop meandering meaninglessly.   My path, if straight and true,  will join thousands of others harkening to the call.

I am not alone on this road.  Nor are you.