Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
One of the beautiful realities of life in the seasons of the church is the opportunity to renew our understanding, our commitment, to the way of Jesus. During this second week of Advent, I have been reading through the prophets who called God’s people back to him and foretold the coming of Christ.
Of course, the prophets spoke as they were led, not fully knowing how God’s word would be fulfilled; not fully knowing the time or place of that fulfillment; not fully knowing the implications of the words they spoke with boldness, in obedience. So it is with us as we return to the prophet’s words for assurance that our obedience in speaking God’s Word boldly will lead where God intends, via a route and to a destination which only God can know now. Yet, we are called to heed the words of the prophets, to set aside our sins and seek a life with our Coming Savior – we are called to return to the Way.