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Kolar: Making way for the Messiah

"It’s easy to work ourselves into a frenzy of preparing for company and gift-giving, and forget that we should be preparing to receive Christ," writes Janel Kolar.

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Rev. Janel F. Kolar is the pastor at First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ in Dickinson, North Dakota.
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Matthew 3:8: Bear fruit worthy of repentance.

As he prepared the way for Jesus, John spent his time in the desert, baptizing those who came out to hear him in the dirty waters of the Jordan river. He spoke about the need for repentance – the need to prepare for the one who was yet to come.

As we prepare for the one who came to us once and has promised to come to us again, I hope we are all taking a little time every day to consider our own need for redemption – our own need to repent, confess and make way for the Messiah to enter into our hearts and lives.

It's easy to get too busy – to lose sight of the holiness of our days. It’s easy to work ourselves into a frenzy of preparing for company and gift-giving, and forget that we should be preparing to receive Christ. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the lights and wrapping and busyness of Christmas, leaving little room for time with the one we are celebrating.

I encourage you to be intentional about taking time this advent season to breathe – to relax – to sit with Jesus and consider the wonder of it all. I encourage you to think about John’s words – “Bear fruit worthy of repentance” and work on ways to do what we need to do in order to turn around – change what needs to be changed in our lives so that the way might be prepared for the coming Christ.

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