For Advent this year I’m participating in the #AdventWord project from Anglican Communion’s Global Advent Calendar with a daily meditation on the word for the day.

It’s hard to find wilderness in the city. Really, true wilderness is hard to find anywhere in the country. Wilderness is contained in green belts and parks. Humans have created and maintained forests, rerouted rivers, and realigned mountains.

At the time the scriptures were written and as recently as a century ago, the wilderness was a place that was feared. Being in the wilderness meant being among wild animals, separated from the safety of one’s fellow human beings, at risk of being robbed or killed by outsiders. Today, we think wild animals should have a place of their own, and fear crime more in the cities.

Today a voice crying out in the wilderness would still not be heard. No less than the voices of the poor, the vulnerable, the oppressed that are ignored and silenced. Perhaps that is where we will find our “wilderness “ today.