2022 Advent 2nd Week Journey Toward Bethlehem

Then Isaiah said, “Hear now, you house of David! Isaiah 7 V 13

This week, I want to work on being grateful for the sense of hearing. The ears are amazing organs of the human body. Turning to science we learn, the inner ear is the main organ of balance, a human ear contains about 24,000 fibers in it or it only takes 7 pounds of pressure to rip your ear off. Finally, the human ear can distinguish between hundreds of thousands of different sounds, and finally, the three smallest bones in the human body are in our ears.

When us seven kids were talking too much at the supper table my dad always said, “God gave your two ears and one mouth for a reason, so you can listen twice as much as you talk.”

The Church uses sound to make our worship become more alive. There are bells, responses, songs, and of course the Hallelujah! We also have crying babies, door opening and closing, coughs, and kneelers being put up and down! All sounds of alive and fruitful faith family!

Today, we heard of St. John the Baptist crying out, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” He went on to say, “I am baptizing you with water, for repentance, but the one who is coming after me is mightier than I. I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”

Where am I at with listening to the whisperings of the Holy Spirit?

This evening, I attended an Advent event at our church and listened to a man speak about we are each on a stage where God put us. Each of us has a different stage to be on. Our stage may be at school, our workplace, our home, or wherever we spend our time. We are to be on fire for Jesus. Our goal in life is to radiate the light and joy of God and bring along as many people along with us as we can. Do people know by looking at us we are on fire for the Lord?

I can only begin to imagine what this account of Isaiah might sound like…

Isaiah 6:3 – And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.” And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.

Take a quiet moment, calm yourself in a comfortable chair, with a warm blanket or maybe go for a walk, reflect on what are some of the sounds of the season you enjoy, anticipate, expect, and long to see.

  • A newborn baby’s cry.
  • A three-year-old trying to whisper.
  • The squeal of tires on payment.
  • A deep breath followed by a sigh.
  • Squeaky headboard, steps, or floorboards.
  • The radio tuned into a baseball game.
  • Christmas music playing overhead in the grocery store.
  • Giggling over talk of Santa‘s coming.
  • Crunching snow underfoot.
  • Furnace humming.
  • Clock ticking.
  • Shattering of a Christmas ornament.
  • Knock on the front door.
  • Bells ringing for the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle.
  • Silence

Here’s to hearing what comes next on my Advent Journey to the stable to take in the sounds of my newborn King.

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