Jesus Wants You. A Sunday Morning Devotional

Come out of sadness
From wherever you’ve been
Come broken hearted
Let rescue begin
Come find your mercy
Oh sinner come kneel
Earth has no sorrow
That heaven can’t heal
Earth has no sorrow
That heaven can’t heal

So lay down your burdens
Lay down your shame
All who are broken
Lift up your face
Oh wanderer come home
You’re not too far
So lay down your hurt
Lay down your heart
Come as you are

There’s hope for the hopeless
And all those who’ve strayed
Come sit at the table
Come taste the grace
There’s rest for the weary
Rest that endures
Earth has no sorrow
That heaven can’t cure

So lay down your burdens
Lay down your shame
All who are broken
Lift up your face
Oh wanderer come home
You’re not too far
So lay down your hurt
Lay down your heart
Come as you are
Come as you are
Fall in his arms
Come as you are
There’s joy for the morning
Oh sinner be still
Earth has no sorrow
That heaven can’t heal
Earth has no sorrow
That heaven can’t heal

So lay down your burdens
Lay down your shame
All who are broken
Lift up your face
Oh wanderer come home
You’re not too far
So lay down your hurt
Lay down your heart
Come as you are
Come as you are
Come as you are

I’m at home this morning, staying with a kiddo who’s not feeling well. We’re going on two weeks of some combination of our family not feeling 100%. We’re okay, just taking it easy.

I popped in some David Crowder worship music on my computer and began to prepare lunch while loading up my little one with blankets and tissues and ice cream to aid a sore throat.

I’ve heard Come As You Are by David Crowder countless time, but it struck me differently this morning. This morning I not only heard the words, but I felt them. They made sense and didn’t make sense all at the same time.

They made sense because I’ve heard them my whole life.

They didn’t make sense because how could it be that God still wants me with all of my “junk”, all of my fill in the blanks……

Because I’ve heard it my whole life the message was already tucked away somewhere in my soul, but today it pulled up a chair, looked me in the eye and spoke. I didn’t want to look away.

This morning the message that we can come as we are, to our Creator God, opened the figurative eyes of my being. It spoke gently, but confidently, like a Grandma who speaks words of wisdom gained after a lifetime of learning. It said to me that coming to Jesus with the suitcase of us, carrying our sickness, our anxiety, our fear, our joys, our tears, our hopes and dreams, our laughter, our worries, our mountain tops and our valley lows, our anger, our failures, our sin, our successes, our exhaustion, our setbacks, our feelings of less than and unworthiness, our feelings of pride at a job well done, our addiction and our ugly past, with our brokeness is exactly how He wants us to come to Him. He wants us to come to Him when life is hard and taking one more step forward seems impossible.  He wants us to come to Him as we take that next step into an unknown future or when we feel stuck and like life is handing us one blow after another. He wants us to come to Him, sharing our honesty and our joys.

As a friend shares with a friend, the joys of ones heart we too, can share our joys with Him. As one in need of a healing, a miracle, an answer, He wants us to come to Him so he can repair brokenness from the inside out; so He can answer prayers that no one knows we are praying. When we come to Jesus with no sense of needing to be perfect we come as we really are, giving all to Him with no more pretenses, no more cover ups, no more fake, just pure unadulterated raw soul exposure.

Whether we are in church with hundreds today, or in church with few, at church in a church building or worshiping under a tree, at church simply going through the motions or full on worshiping, or staying home because long ago we gave up on the idea of church and Jesus, whether we are home alone surrounded by a silence we didn’t ask for, or  angry at a God we no longer believe in, or sitting at home behind a computer tending to a sick child writing our thoughts about some song that God just used to love us, the truth is: God wants us.

AS YOU ARE. As we are. No strings attached. No behavioral prerequisites, no pre-defined idea of perfection needed.  Just us. Just me. Just you.

Coming before the One who loves us more than we will ever know, with all of our goop and joys and history and problems and ugliness and sin and dreams and family and illness.

He wants us. He wants us to lay it all down before Him and allow HIM to heal and restore and renew, whatever it is in our lives that needs healing and restoring and renewing.

Blessings to you today from someone sitting behind her computer being loved by Jesus this morning.

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