Come Lord Jesus
“Lord Jesus, master of both the light and the darkness, send your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas. We who have so much to do seek quiet spaces to hear your voice each day. We who are anxious over many things look forward to your coming among us. We who are blessed in so many ways long for the complete joy of your kingdom. We whose hearts are heavy seek the joy of your presence. We are your people, walking in darkness, yet seeking the light. To you we say, ‘Come Lord Jesus!'”–Henri Nouwen
I’ve been toiling over several posts; half written drafts telling stories of my trip to Laity. I’m trying to mine the riches and words are failing me. I am changed in a way a few days would not normally morph a person into someone else. The profound nature of God’s work in me is not something I can tell lightly. I am quietly holding these things in my heart. Much like Mary I am answering, “Be it unto me according to your word.”
I was thrown back into daily life with my Danica getting the tummy flu the Monday night I returned home. She missed school Tuesday and Wednesday, time I would have reflected and written more. I began to feel sick Wednesday and am really not well even now. I have a cough that racks my EDS body and makes a sharp knife like feeling behind my left eye. We had a lovely Thanksgiving at my parent’s home but did not push to decorate that evening. For some reason our traditions are feeling less necessary as the girls get older. We are all willing to relax into this Advent season. We finished decorating our tree today and will begin our candle lighting tonight and readings from Unwrapping the Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp.
More than ever before our little family is not wanting for any one thing. We still sit in ashes in many ways financially and face a new year of immediate appointments that mean deductibles and trips and scans. We have purposed in our hearts to face these hard challenges in January, but for this month we will celebrate the gifts we already have and the one and only gift we really need, our God made man. Tonight we begin following the star, seeking the light and crying out, “Come Lord Jesus.”
Our journey will be quiet, soft and slow.
Lynne Streeter ChildressNovember 30, 2014 at 4:32 pm (8 years ago)
PREACH. Praying for your journey, but thanking God for your faith in Him in this moment.
Suzanne AndersonNovember 30, 2014 at 4:39 pm (8 years ago)
You remind me a lot of Ann Voskamp. I love Audrey Assad as well. I’m thankful to know you via our journey of carrying similar crosses. I look forward to the ‘unveiling’ of riches only mined in the human heart. Love.
Bethany BoringDecember 5, 2014 at 10:29 am (8 years ago)
Praying for you friend. I can relate to this post on SO many levels. I recently posted to my blog about my most unexpected Christmas ever when I was going through treatment for brain cancer. As a mom, I felt like I could do nothing…and when we can do nothing, we are able to see God clearly to do everything. Keep writing. You are so inspiring!