Advent calendar reflection for 5 December

Straight path of wooden beams through a field.

Prepare a way for the Lord, make his paths straight. 

"Prepare a way for the Lord, make his paths straight."

Luke 3:4

Out in the desert, John the Baptist preaches a message of repentance, calling people to abandon their crooked ways and prepare a straight path for the Lord. It was a challenging message for those who heard him and remains so for us today. Yet it is also a message of hope – all people, we are told, will see the “salvation of God”. 

So how can we prepare a way for the Lord this Advent? 

The repentance that John the Baptist calls us to is about more than simply saying “sorry” when we have got things wrong. We are called to change – to seek to live differently. To “prepare the way for the Lord” is to renew our relationship with God, with each other and with the earth, recognising that we are all connected. 

Where might God be calling you to make a change this Advent? 

Advent prayer

Merciful God,
you sent John the Baptist
to preach repentance.
Forgive us for the times
when we have done wrong,
when we have hurt other people
and damaged our earth.
Lead us to make a change,
to live differently,
preparing a way
and making your paths straight.


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