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KS Kapālama senior Logan Lau KS Kapālama and Poʻo Kula Dr. Taran Chun KSK’95 encourage us to prepare for Advent by being steadfast in our faith and maintaining our commitment and relationship with Jesus Christ.

Advent Week 2: Preparation – Ho‘omākaukau

Dec. 3, 2021

Contributed by 'Alohi Bikle

Kamehameha Schools has created a series of Hawaiian-focused devotionals for Advent, to honor the deep Christian faith of our founder Princess Pauahi. The devotionals were designed to be used by staffers, students and others to celebrate the coming of Christmas, so please feel free to share them.

Heluhelu Baibala
Ka leo o ka mea e kala ana, ma ka wao nahele, e hoʻomākaukau ʻoukou i alanui no Iēhova, e hoʻopololei hoʻi ma ka wao akua, i kuamoʻo no ko kākou Akua. E hoʻopiha ʻia ana nā awāwa a pau, a e hoʻohaʻahaʻa ʻia ana nā mauna a pau, a me nā puʻu; e lilo nō ka mea kekeʻe i pololei, a me kahi puʻupuʻu i laumania. E hōʻike ʻia mai nō ka nani o Iēhova, a e ʻike pū aku nō nā kānaka a pau; no ka mea, na ka waha o Iēhova i ʻōlelo mai. – ‘Isaia 40:3-5

Scripture Reading
A voice of one calling: “In the wilderness prepare the way for the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. And the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all people will see it together. For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.” – Isaiah 40:3-5

Ka Manaʻo o ke Poʻo Kula
Dr. Taran Chun, KS Kapālama

I love the advent season, a time in which we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Prophets of the Old Testament foretold of the advent of the Son of God being born into the world to be the Savior of all of God’s children. The prophet Isaiah spoke of a voice, calling in the wilderness to prepare the way for the Lord. We know that this prophecy was fulfilled in part through the life and ministry of the Savior’s cousin, John the Baptist, who preached in the wilderness of Judea, saying “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 3:2).

Shepherds of old were told by Angels from Heaven of the birth of the Christ child. Following the new star that appeared in the heavens, they were led to the lowly stable, where Jesus lay in a manger, wrapped in swaddling clothes (Luke 2:8-18). They were not the only flesh to see the Savior, for wisemen came from the East, and when they found the Christ child, they bowed their knees and presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh (Matthew 2:11).  

Wise men and women still seek Jesus Christ today! May your advent season be filled with joy and may the peace of God and His son, Jesus Christ, be and abide with you and those you love.

Ka Manaʻo o ka Haumāna
Logan Lau, KSK ‘22

The scripture Isaiah 40: 3-5 demonstrates the extent of God’s omnipotence and glory. God is depicted literally as the mover of mountains, and he is illustrated as the king who reigns above everything. As Isaiah continues, he writes that we ought to “prepare the way for the Lord” and “make straight in the desert a highway for our God,” which represents a task for all mankind. Just as Isaiah said to prepare this path for the Lord, we must prepare ourselves for Jesus’ second coming by remaining steadfast in our faith and maintaining our commitment and relationship with Jesus Christ.

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