Lights on homes and trees shining out into the darkness of December nights. Traditions that warm our hearts. Baking cookies, making fudge, writing Christmas cards. Presents bought and presents wrapped. Eyes shining with excitement. People hosted by others, filled with joy.
I see it all. But I also see…credit card debts that rise sky high. Calendars that were bursting full now become insane with activity. I see the tired eyes and the hearts longing for peace and stillness. I see lives longing for something more…being filled with things from stores.
And in the midst of it all…there is a God who’s coming to us. To join us in this thing called life. A God who so loves us, he cannot stand to be separated from us and so he comes to us. And…he gets overlooked. Pushed to the side. There simply isn’t time. That’s what Christmas Eve worship is for, right? To scratch out a little bit of time for the one who’s birth this is really all about.
I see it. God in the flesh – not making us come to him, but coming to us. Longing for us. Do you see it? Do you see him?
That longing in your heart…yeah, it’s about him. Because our hearts are created to see the God who comes to us. Whose love overflows around us. Whose heart longs for us. That longing in your heart is not a longing for presents and pretty lights or parties or hoping the family gets along…I dare say, that longing in your heart is designed to be filled be one. And only one. The One – Emmanuel – God with us.
So how about this Advent season, you chose to see what I see?
- A God whose heart calls out to yours…to come see yourself as he sees you.
- A God who can’t keep silent and who will fill our hearts with joy
- A God who makes promises for eternity – and always keeps them
- A God who longs to fill us with hope
If you dare to answer your heart’s call, then I invite you to join us – not just on Christmas, but all Advent long – as we wait and hope and watch. Come see what you might see. Come see something new. Come see something that just might change you.
Come see what I see…God’s love made real for you. Come! – Pastor Jane Jebsen