RE Verse reading–Mark 1:1-11 (day one) “Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.” Welcome to a new study in the gospel of Mark. For 13 weeks it will be our privilege to see Christ in the way that people responded to His life and message. This week we focus on John the Baptist who called people to “prepare the way for the Lord”. The greek word is hetoimazo, “to make something fitting or appropriate”. If God is to come and dwell with us, bringing with Him a new chapter of blessing, then respect alone requires certain things be done in preparation. Christmas makes a similar (if more material) requirement of us. Homes and schedules have to be prepared for the celebration. Carefully the choir must rehearse for “Christmas at First”. Isn’t spiritual/inner preparation is even more necessary? What steps should be taken now to be ready for His presence? God guide us as we study and consider.