Prepare the way of the Lord..

….make his paths straight.  

I have been looking on Dorset County councils website to see if there are any aerial photographs of the Weymouth relief road.  These are the best I can find.  I’m afraid you don’t get the impressive sense of scale or how the huge earth movers have carved their way through the steep Ridgeway.  Sadly they are not getting ready for THE KINGS arrival but for all the visitors that will be coming to see the sailing events in the 2012 Olympics.  I am wondering whether I can use these images in next Sundays sermon.

Watching the countryside being ripped up and the huge amount of money that it is costing has left some of us feeling uneasy.  I’m not sure it is a glorious thing.  Actually those huge earth movers are quite terrifying up close.

Someone on the revgals blog posted this quote from Bonhoeffer.  (I must find out where it comes from).  I want to talk about getting ready and peparing the way for the king with my congregations on Sunday. I may use this quote.

“It is very remarkable that we face the thought that God is coming, so calmly, whereas previously peoples trembled at the day of God . . . . We have become so accustomed to the idea of divine love and of God’s coming at Christmas that we no longer feel the shiver of fear that God’s coming should arouse in us. We are indifferent to the message, taking only the pleasant and agreeable out of it and forgetting the serious aspect, that the God of the world draws near to the people of our little earth and lays claim to us. The coming of God is truly not only glad tidings, but first of all frightening news for every one who has a conscience.

Only when we have felt the terror of the matter, can we recognize the incomparable kindness. God comes into the very midst of evil and of death, and judges the evil in us and in the world. And by judging us, God cleanses and sanctifies us, comes to us with grace and love.”

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