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Advent Devotional – December 14, 2019

By: Judy Floy

Readings: 1 Samuel 2:1-8, Luke 3:1-18, Psalm 146:5-10

As it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah, “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness. Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight”. If a tree falls in the forest and no one is present does it make a sound? We can also ask “If a tree falls …… but no one is listening doesn’t make a sound?”. 

Luke reminds us of the Old Testament prophecy that a voice would be crying out in the wilderness. Early Christians needed to be reminded to listen for that cry. A cry announcing the birth of the savior. 

In today’s world we are subject to many sounds. Each department store pipes in Christmas tunes. Shopping malls play music. We walk the streets with headphones in our ears. Gyms blast sounds. Car music is seemingly a modern essential. On planes we insist on having our own playlist. Holiday music is heard on the streets corners. Elevators play music, too. Video games are filled with dramatic sound effects. 

Amidst all this noise, are you making time to listen for that crying out in the wilderness? Just by reading this devotion you are beginning to listen. If you think about this message again within the next 12 hours, you are listening. If you faithfully read a devotion each day, you are listening. In these final two weeks of Advent, make an effort. Unplug. Sit silently. Reflect. Pray. Meditate. Prepare. Listen A tree may be falling in the forest. A voice is crying out in the wilderness. A savior is born! Yes, a savior! 

Lord, in this busy Christmas season, dispel the many distractions of this world that I can listen for the crying out in the wilderness. Amen. 

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