“Advent” is the season in which we “prepare” ourselves afresh for the coming of Christ to earth. As Isaiah prophesied that John the Baptist would do:

‘Prepare the way of the Lord, 

make his paths straight,’ ” (Mark 1:3)

Advent is the season when we walk afresh in the steps of John’s message. In those days, when a king would visit one of his lands, the locals would, in anticipation of his arrival, literally clear out and straighten and smooth out the roads – they would prepare the way of the Lord – they would make the king’s arrival smooth and welcoming. In the same way Advent is not meant to be a time where we gin up more sentimentality in our hearts about Christmas cheer. It’s meant to be a time when we literally clear out the debris that’s accumulated in the roads of our hearts, so that the Lord may come in that much more easily. Sometimes it’s more faith that’s needed to remove sin. But sometimes it’s sin that keeps us blinded from seeing Jesus better, and thereby growing in faith. Sin is like mud on the windshield of our souls. And the word of God – that “the Lord is coming” – is like the washer fluid that clears it away.  But you need the squirter-things to get the fluid on the windshield.

Those “squirter-things” are the Bible, prayer, and fellowship. To that end, I invite you to consider one of these biblical resources for this season. Go through some of it with a friend or loved one. And pray – pray that this Advent would be for you a season of repentance. That the way of the Lord into our hearts may be wide and clear. For He resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.