The only antidote to the leaven of sin is Christ’s work in us. We must invite Christ to pull us away from our judgments, tear open our intentions, and scour our hearts. When we do this, we are able to live in a closer relationship with God and others. ~Margaret Feinberg
I love the emphasis here on preparation during Advent. Preparation especially for Christ’s second coming, but also as a time to examine our lives here and now. This morning, we were reminded about all of the weeding that the community has been doing to get the village ready for Christmas celebrations.
All of those bush knives going to work to dig out the weeds is what we need in our lives, too. The bush knife of God’s Word, cutting out and then carrying away all of the things that shouldn’t be growing there, so our lives can be purified and good things can flourish.