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God Becoming Known by Terry Vant

December 9, 2013

The following was written by Senior SLAMer Terry Vant. Thanks for your thoughfulness, Terry!

Matthew 3:1-12

In this week’s gospel, I believe John the Baptist gives all of us a beautiful revelation about how we can ‘prepare the way’ for the Lord in our own lives.  John the Baptist preaches the repentance of sins and baptism in order to help them remove the effects of sin from their lives and become ready for Jesus’s arrival. I believe a valuable principle we can learn from this story is that if there are sins in our lives – pressures, and stress in our lives – they can hinder us from seeing the true meaning of Christmas and finding where God fits into our lives during this holiday season. Once we are able to look at the things that truly matter during this holiday season, things like family and friends, I feel like God becomes known.

Jesus came to this world to be known to us as a human being not through toys and things.  It is easy to become lost in the business of the holiday season. Each of us needs to talk time to ‘prepare the way’ so we have room for God in our hearts this season.  In my family, we all really make an effort to spend time together over the holiday season.  Sometimes this becomes difficult because of conflicting schedules and commitments, but at some point we take the time to get together as a family and enjoy each other’s company.  It helps remind us all what is really important during the Christmas season, not toys and things but friends, family, and relationships.

And I believe that as we make way for meaningful time with these people, God becomes known.

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