The Second Week of Advent and we light the second purple candle, The Bethlehem Candle, the candle of preparation. God kept his promise of a Savior who would be born in Bethlehem.  I suspect all are in the process of being ready for Christmas.  Help us to be ready to welcome You, O God!  “As in the words of Isaiah, the prophet, John was ‘A voice of one calling in the desert.  Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for Him.  Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill made low. The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth. And all mankind will see God’s salvation.‘” (Luke 3:4-6)