Reading: Mark 1: 1-8
Verse Three: “Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for Him”.
At a school that I taught at for a long time, one year the theme was to performs RAKs – random acts of kindness. The staff had t-shirts made up, we sought opportunities to do nice things for each other, and we tried to ‘catch’ students performing RAKs. It spurred us all on to be on the lookout for opportunities to do random nice things for our students and for each other. It was a good year at old DMS because whenever someone went out of their way to do something nice for you, it caused you to be mindful of finding something to do for someone else. In this sense, it was contagious.
This same feeling seems to persist around this time of the year. During the Advent season, love just seems to be a bit more in the air. We hold the door open more readily, we buy and extra item or two at the grocery store for the food bank table at church, we smile and say ‘hello’ a little more warmly. In many churches, we seek to go a bit further, doing something special during the Christmas season. Some churches assemble Christmas Shoeboxes, some host a free Christmas dinner for the community, some collect a Christmas Eve offering for a cause in the community or in the world. While all of these are just wonderful, they are just a part of what we are called to at the time of Christmas.
As followers of Jesus Christ, we are also called to shine the light personally. Just as John baptized in the wilderness, so too are we to call others to Jesus Christ through our words and actions. Through the ways we demonstrate love, kindness, mercy, compassion, forgiveness… we are seeking to “Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for Him”. It is by being Jesus’ hands, feet, and heart that we invite others to come to know Him. One of my devotionals put it this way this morning: “When we love, He will come”. It is a great thought. Each day, from now through Christmas, may we individually seek opportunities to give another person a random act of kindness, allowing Jesus to shine His light and love into another’s heart. May it be so.