An invitation, an instruction, an appeal, a request – come. These four letters leave us wondering what’s on the other side of them. As an invitation, it beckons us to experience something with another. As an instruction, it is to do something. As an appeal, it communicates urgency. As a request, it tunes us into something else. Come.
I want to focus on ‘come’ as a request. In this request is my prayer. In this prayer is the expression of my desire. In my desire is the reflection of my heart. The heart is the seat of emotions. The heart is where our treasures are buried. The heart is the most intimate part of our being. The heart keeps us alive. When the heart stops, we die. When the heart stops, nothing feeds the body, soul, or mind and so, we perish. So, yes, come.
Come and restore. Come and revive. Come and bring your breath of fresh air. Come.
Come and teach us how to pray. Come and teach us how to love. Come and teach us how to be obedient. Come.
Come and help us. Come and live with us. Come and live within us. Come.
Come and set us on the right path. Come and liberate us. Come and take care of us. Come.
Come because there is no one else. Come because there ought to be no one else. Come because we can’t do it ourselves. Come.
Come, oh my Jesus. Come, sweet, blessed Jesus. Come, beautiful Jesus. Come.
In this final week of Advent, what more have we to say than, ‘Come. Come, Lord Jesus, come.’ Come to those who are dispossessed; come to those who are lost; come to those who have strayed. Come to those who feel helpless; come to those who are dismayed; come to those who are empty and yearning. Come.
In this final week of Advent, after we have spent the past four weeks in intentional preparation, there is nothing more to say than, ‘Come. Come, Lord Jesus, come.’ Come, because for too long, you have been knocking at our door. For too long you have been stretching out your arm to us. For too long you have been calling. Finally, we say, ‘Come. Come, Lord Jesus, come.’
In this final week of Advent, we can deny you no more. In this final week of Advent, we can avoid you no more. In this final week of Advent, we can dismiss you no more, so, come. Come, Lord Jesus, come.
This is your desire. This is your request. This is the fulfilment of your purpose, Lord Christ, that we will utter the word to you, that we will open our heart to you and say, ‘Come’.
As I close this week, in love, joy, and peace, I ask you, dear friends, to join me in saying simply, ‘Come.’
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