Sunday, December 06, 2009
Spiritual Change Management 2009
In Isaiah, we read: "Prepare the way of the LORD! Make straight a highway for our God!"
John the Baptist proclaimed: "Prepare ye the way of the Lord."
This is Advent, the time of year when Christians get ready for the great feast of Christmas. The time to prepare the way of the Lord. Time to repent.
Repent. A word that is seldom used in the 21st century. What does it mean to repent?
Literally, to repent is to turn away from, to change one's self (the Greek term metanoia means "to change your mind").
Spiritually speaking, whether Christian or not, the Advent season is sorely needed in this violence-filled world of ours. If we don't begin the disarmament of our hearts, we are headed for destruction.
The world (all of us) needs to repent, to convert, to turn away from violence.
Repentance means changing the mind, waking up, seeing things as they really are, and recognizing the error of our ways, leading to change of behavior, change in action.
To repent means realizing what gods have defined you and shaking off the chains of intolerance, addictions, and idols.
But most important, to repent means to forgive and to seek peace.
In Psalm 34, we read: "Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it."
What will you do, this Advent season, to repent?
Posted by Terrence Seamon, Dec 6, 2009