Advent Isn’t Pretty

Meryl Herr reflects on the brokenness of humanity and reveals how the practices of confession and lament can help us to turn and worship the One who came to save.

"Being able to soak in the wonder of Christmas requires that we sit a while in the mud of our misery. Before Jesus began his earthly ministry, his cousin John the Baptist preached in the wilderness quoting Isaiah the prophet who said of the first Advent,

“Prepare the way for the Lord,

make straight paths for him.” (Isaiah 40:3, NRSV)

But John prefaced that quote saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near’” (Matthew 3:2, NRSV). Preparing for the coming of Jesus requires a good long look at our brokenness."
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