From the Cocoon

TRAILS AND TRIBULATION

Trails can quickly change.   They can suddenly become the unexpected, the not-your-usual walk through the woods.  Round a corner and bam – a hairpin turn, a steep incline, a vast wilderness or fierce predator, even a drop off a cliff.  And rarely a “Hazard Ahead” sign to mark what’s coming.

Steps Crooked

God calls to us in the midst of those trails.  Especially on those trails.  Pointing the way through – not around, not above, not below, but through.

Isaiah 40: 3-5

A voice cries in the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord,
Make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
Every valley shall be lifted up,
and every mountain and hill be made low;
the uneven ground shall become level,
and the rough places a plain.
And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed,
and all flesh shall see it together,
for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

Dear Lord:

Help us to listen for your voice.  As John cried in the wilderness to prepare the way for our Savior, so today during this Advent season we open our hearts for the promptings of your Holy Spirit.  We experience your guidance, your encouragement, your healing touch.  We feel your comfort, your strength and your love lifting us along the way.  We pray that our hearts be opened, purified, perfected as only you can accomplish in us.  As we move toward the light that is Christmas, remind us of the blessings of the trail.

Shared by Karla Hendrick

 

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