In the 1973 film adaptation of the musical Godspell, when John the Baptist starts singing, “Prepare ye the way of the Lord,” people around New York City stop what they’re doing and head directly to Bethesda Fountain in Central Park to be baptized. Along the way, they drop everything…. literally: books, hats, shoes, purses, you name it. Why? Because the voice crying out in the wilderness is calling out for us to get rid of all that stands between us and God as we prepare for Jesus’ coming at Christmas. We are called to jettison our baggage, to break down the walls we have set up between ourselves and God, to destroy all possible barriers (mountains and valleys alike), so that the glory of God can be revealed in the fullness of relationship. Jesus is present in the here and now – are you ready to jump in and embrace that reality?