If You Need to Hear from God

10:07 AMHeather

From the first time I heard it on the radio, I fell in love with the more obscure Christmas song Welcome to Our World.  It is one of those songs that speaks to me on so many levels that it always has an impact -- no matter how many times I hear it.  Take a listen here. Really, bloggy friend.  Take the time to listen before reading on. Because this song always quiets my heart.  And I long for you to be still here today and feel that same quiet come over your own heart.

Welcome to Our World was written by Chris Rice and released on his 1997 album, Deep Enough to Dream. He told CCM magazine that the song was not originally intended to be a Christmas song, although that is what it became.  He simply wished to convey "the reality that God invaded our planet and become one of us." 

Isn't that what Advent is all about?  The appearing of our God, the Light of the World, within our dark earth. That we would linger long with the freedom that this truth brings...the miracle and wonder that God Himself chose to become one of us in order to make us one of His.  It is my deepest prayer in this Advent series of blogs that every reader would have a moment of epiphany.  Of renewed awe at the truth of Christmas.  Beyond the lights and presents and frenzy and glitter.  To the barest and simplest truth. That God was wrapped up in the limits of human flesh.  To enter our world and forever change things.

First, let us read through the lyrics of Welcome to Our World -- prayerfully.  Slowly.  Lingering over their significance.

Tears are falling, hearts are breaking
How we need to hear from God

You've been promised, we've been waiting
Welcome Holy Child
Welcome Holy Child

Hope that you don't mind our manger
How I wish we would have known

But long-awaited Holy Stranger
Make Yourself at home
Please make Yourself at home

Bring Your peace into our violence
Bid our hungry souls be filled

Word now breaking Heaven's silence
Welcome to our world
Welcome to our world

Fragile finger sent to heal us
Tender brow prepared for thorn

Tiny heart whose blood will save us
Unto us is born
Unto us is born

So wrap our injured flesh around You
Breathe our air and walk our sod

Rob our sin and make us holy
Perfect Son of God
Perfect Son of God

Welcome to our world

As I sat down to write today, wishing to articulate and convey what is on my heart, I was brought to my prayer journal.  

Because I think so many of us have tears that are falling...and hearts that are breaking...and we all desperately need to hear from God...I am just going to share straight from my prayer journal. Consider these words your Father's letter for you.  Wherever you are.  Whatever your struggles.  Whatever your heartaches.

Dearest Child,
Throw out your welcome mat and welcome Me in -- to every part of your life.  Every struggle.  Every fear.  Every anxiety.  Every pain.  Every hope.  Every desire.  Everything.  I want to enter to it all.  Your world.  Completely.  I have, you know.  I came.  And I am here.  You just need to quit shutting doors along the way.  Quit putting up "Do Not Disturb" signs.  Allow Me to come in everywhere.  To enter in and dwell among it all...and take over for you.  Surrender it all to Me.  Let Me grow bigger in every nook and cranny instead of shrinking Me and making Me smaller than the circumstances or the people who are occupying your heart space -- and your head space -- and your emotions.  Leave nothing off limits.  Throw open every bit of who you are and what you do and how you feel and what you think.  

Welcome Me in.  To your whole world.  Allow Me to be bigger than it all.  And find the freedom that I came to earth to offer.  

Because I want it all; exchanging your burdens and relationships and struggles and dreams and LIFE...for My easy yoke. 

Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.  
1 Peter 5:7

Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shaken.
Psalm 55:22

Indeed.  This Christmas season, as we ponder and prepare to celebrate His arrival on earth so many years ago...May we all be able to welcome Him fully into our worlds.  So that He may speak to our brokenness.  And fill us with the completing power of His spirit.  Healing our heartaches.  Drying our tears. Bringing peace to our chaos.  And filling our hungry souls.

Welcome indeed, Jesus.  We welcome you to our world. Welcome to our hearts.  Our homes.  Our lives.  May we never be the same.

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