Two men meeting on a street corner.
Man #1: How're you doing? Say, do you hear that voice in the wilderness?
Man #2: What voice is that? All I hear are cars passing by and Christmas carols playing in all of the stores that I've been in today.
Man #1: The voice I'm talking about is coming from the prophet in the Bible and it calls on us to start preparing for the ultimate.
Man #2: Oh, I see! But how can we prepare for anything that serious this time of year when we are so busy getting ready for Christmas?
Man #1: The prophet is not telling us to frantically go shopping, wrap presents, bake cookies and Christmas cake or attend parties. He is calling us to peace; the peace that faith can bring to our hearts, to our lives and to our world.
Man #2: Well, that kind of peace is a good thing, but how do we come by it?
Man #1: When you get home, sit down quietly. Stay there in stillness and silence for a few moments and give the spirit of God and His peace a chance to enter in. The message will come to you, loud and clear.
Man #2: I hear you, friend! Have a good one!