Having never really been a camper, I have limited knowledge of how to set up a tent. I do know, however, the importance of laying out a footprint to accommodate the size of a tent and the importance of staking. The footprint indicates the space that will be available inside the tent, and the stakes secure everything in place. Both have to do with setting boundaries of sorts.
The prophet Isaiah, speaking for God, is referencing the tent of the heart rather than the proper way to ready a campsite. Advent challenges us to move away from any tendency to shorten the ropes and limit the number who might be included in our space. Instead, we are called to an ever-growing spaciousness of heart so that we may invite and welcome in all of our sisters and brothers, without exception.
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