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roosterSo…here we are at the mid-point of Advent, even a little past. The Scriptures are getting a little more emphatic. The refrain for Psalm 80 calls out to the heavens, “Shepherd of Israel, hearken! (A word we don’t use much any more but which is the equivalent of Listen to us!) Rouse your power and come!” (In other words: Wake up and show up!) Perhaps I exaggerate but the point is well made. We need help here. But the Alleluia verse pulls the responsibility back to us. “Prepare the way of the Lord,” it says. “Make straight his paths.” (LK 3:4)

So my thought today – as often – is one of assessing where I’ve come to in my intention toward the deeper birthing of Jesus into my life and the re-energizing my resolve of readiness. At least I’m awake and moving at 7:20AM on a Saturday. That seems a good start!