By: Sara Babcock
Readings: Isaiah 40:1-11; John 1:19-28
When I started this project, I thought of longing as a quiet act. Connecting it to the season of Advent brought images of monks in old stone buildings, sitting in the dark and looking forlornly out at the stars. Suffering in silence, maybe — holding their emotions in a dignified manner. Enter John the Baptist.
Resident wild man John the Baptist in no way keeps his feelings to himself. He knows of the longing in his own heart and that of those around him — people so desperate in their longing for the Messiah that they mistakenly place the mantle on John. He denies the claim, and in response quotes Isaiah: “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness.”
What if we all “longed” out loud? How could we live out our prayers and even celebrate our hopes and longings?
Great Creator, we long for you in our world. Lift our voices up, help us to announce your coming. Move us away from silence and into action. Amen.