Advent Devotional - December 12

December 28, 2021

Matthew 3:1-3

“The voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.’”



With the use of social media, we see announcements being made every day. Announcements to share news of engagements, babies, death, illness, or new jobs. It is right there in front of us. Even the everyday what to wear for the weather or where we are going to dinner is announced. Announcements are a big deal at summer camp. There is a song for saying the word “announcement” that brings entertainment. This is the way we prepare the community around us for what is to come.

John the Baptist announces the coming of the Messiah when he quotes the prophet Isaiah who said, “Prepare the way of the Lord!”. The news wasn’t on social media, but it spread quickly, and people listened to John’s message.  They  confessed their sins, and were baptized by him. Although John had a following, with his announcement he is saying that what he is doing is not enough. But wait and Christ is coming.  

Christ is coming and we prepare gifts, meals, and our homes. We busy ourselves with trying to make everything perfect for the season. Even though this announcement that John the Baptist makes doesn’t come before the birth of Jesus, it serves as a reminder that Advent isn’t about preparing - it is about waiting. Waiting for Christ. Even if we are not prepared, Christ is coming, no matter what.

So allow yourself to wait this Advent season; to feel the hope, peace, love and joy as we wait.



Loving God, as we wait for Jesus’ birth - help us to find some balance. Settle our hearts and remind us that one that is more powerful than us, is coming. Amen. 



Ann Nielsen is the Director of Children’s Ministry at Preston Hollow. She is a graduate of Brite Divinity School at TCU. She and her husband Ryan have one son, Conner.


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