A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” (Isaiah 40:3-5 ESV)
Hymn ELH 102:3-4 Comfort, Comfort Ye My People
Hark, the herald’s voice is crying
In the desert far and near,
Bidding all men to repentance,
Since the Kingdom now is here.
O that warning cry obey!
Now prepare for God a way;
Let the valleys rise to meet Him
And the hills bow down to greet Him.
Make ye straight what long was crooked;
Make the rougher places plain.
Let your hearts be true and humble
As befits His holy reign.
For the glory of the Lord
Now o’er earth is shed abroad,
And all flesh shall see the token
That His Word is never broken.
Gracious Father, prepare my heart to meet my Savior through daily repentance and forgiveness. Give me joy in knowing that Jesus Has opened the way to You. In His name I pray. Amen.