"One day in early December last year, I was walking in the woods with Josh with my camera. It has just been given to me as an early Christmas gift, and I was excited to try it out. I was becoming frustrated because everything around me was a dull brown color. Brown pine needles and leaves dying on the ground, brown trees bare for the winter, and a cloudy sky. However, I noticed a tiny spot of red on the ground, bright amidst the drab background. It was a reminder to me that our lives can be dull and lifeless if we allow them to become that way, but there is always a bright spot of hope. In advent, that spot is Jesus, one person among many in the world, the bright spot of our lives. And it is a reminder that even in a day full of disappointments and difficulties, we can have hope and confidence in the presence of small blessings."
John went throughout the whole region of the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah:
A voice of one crying out in the desert:
“Prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight his paths.
Every valley shall be filled
and every mountain and hill shall be made low.
The winding roads shall be made straight,
and the rough ways made smooth,
and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.”