Prepare ye the Way?
Romans 15. 4 - 13
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
When I was a freshman in college living in New Orleans, some friends invited me to go to a new musical that was being performed out in "Yat city," the name of an area in NOLA where people asked each other "where y'at?" when they inquired how you were. I was very young and even more naive, but the name of the musical was "Godspell," and I was intrigued. And so began my love of Stephen Schwartz' interpretation of the Gospel of Matthew, done as though Jesus were a hippie who changed the lives of all who were around him.
In our quest this Advent to figure out what we are waiting and watching for, I was reminded of this song which interprets John the Baptist's call to get your act together, drop what you are doing, and as Dean Kate Carroll says, "get over yourself!"
The epistle reading from Romans this morning reminded me of what we might be waiting for...that "joy and peace in believing, so that <we> may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."
Watch this clip of Prepare ye the Way, and see if you can identify those who are filled with joy and peace and abounding in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Then ask yourselves, "where y'at?"