Friends, it's the second week of Advent, and if you're like me you're already humming that bit of Handel's Messiah about the crooked ways being made straight and the rough places being made plain.
This week's scriptures promise that with the coming of God's realm will come cataclysmic changes. Maybe you'll turn to the prophets - Malachi, Baruch or John. These are joyful and energetic texts, yes, but the tools of the promised changes - fire and bulldozers (if not of the actual, at least of the spiritual variety) - are bound to make us, and those with whom we minister, feel just a little uncomfortable. What will you do about that? Dwell in the discomfort? Or move beyond it?
Speaking of moving, you might notice the importance that Luke places on locating John in his time and place. Maybe you'll want to talk with the
folks in the time and place where you
find yourself now. How might they be singing a song of hope like Zechariah? Or overflowing with love like the people of Philippi?
Maybe you are preaching and/or presiding at at World AIDS Day service this week. If so, we'd love to hear about that.
And, if you're jumping the lectionary entirely and trying something completely different, tell us about that too.
(BTW, this is my first Lectionary Leanings, so thanks to all those who have made the rough places plain on this feature until now. And see you next week - same Lectionary time, same Lectionary station.)