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Keep Breathing and Prepare The Way

Keep Breathing - Ingrid Michaelson

The storm is coming but I don't mind People are dying, I close my blinds All that I know is I'm breathing now I want to change the world Instead I sleep I want to believe in more than you and me But all that I know is I'm breathing All I can do is keep breathing All we can do is keep breathing now All that I know is I'm breathing All I can do is keep breathing. All we can do is keep breathing All we can do is keep breathing



The Question

We are in the second week of Advent, awaiting the coming of Jesus, the savior, the shepherd, the child. This is a wilderness, a place of insecurity, and vulnerability. We go through this wilderness every year. The pandemic is a new wildernes that no one warned us about. But it is much the same as advent. In the wilderness, sometimes, “All we can do is keep breathing, now.”


The Gospel

Mark 1:1-8 1The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. 2As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, “See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way; 3the voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight,’” 4John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.6Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7He proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. 8I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”


Go Forth

We have been asked to “prepare the way of the Lord”. How might you prepare the way? What wounds need healing? Is there a part of your life that could use some love? As we move through this wildreness, we have the chance to recalibrate and heal our lives in big and small ways. Because when we have passed through this wilderness, God will come to earth, weak and innocent as a child, and he will need us to look after him. And on the hardest days, just ”keep breathing”.


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