Draw Near

Yesterday in church we sang "O Come, All Ye Faithful", (1760)*. 
Without a doubt, Christmas hymns are part of drawing near to the manger, for me.
I'm amazed that meeting with the Lord is possible in a crowded room when much 
of my mind is swirling with to-do items. 

"It's all about the inclination of your heart,"
has been our constant refrain to our teenagers, 
always hoping they would incline their hearts to Him before any other.
If we incline our hearts, or draw near to Him, it's a done deal - 
He draws near to us.

*1760 - WHAT? I'm profoundly impacted by the thought that hundreds of years ago, Christians were singing this new song and celebrating the birth of the Christ Child. This song is a link that spans the centuries. Click the link to get perspective on just how different the world was then. 
**Photo - This cardinal posed in our burning bush, greatly slowed by the frigid temperatures, and I caught his best side. The December weather this year is almost balmy

1 comment:

Diwakar said...

Hello Susan. So good to know you through your profile on the blogger and the blog post. I am encouraged by your reminder of a Christmas song "O Come All ye faithful.... Amazing song which lifts you in your spirit to adore the new born King. Thank you for your sharing on the blog post. I am a Pastor from Mumbai, India. I am blessed and feel privileged and honored to get connected with you because of who you are in the Lord Jesus Christ. I love getting connected with the people of God around the world to be encouraged, strengthen and praying for one another. I have been in the Pastoral ministry for last 36yrs in this great city of Mumbai a city with great contrast wheres richest of rich and the poorest of poor live. We reach out to the poorest of poor with the love of Christ to bring healing to the broken hearted. We also encourage young and the adults from the west to come to Mumbai to work with us during their vacation time. We would love to have your two teen aged son to come to Mumbai with their friends to come to Mumbai to work with us during their vacation time. I am sure they will have a life changing experience. My email id is: dhwankhede(at)gmail(dot)com and my name is Diwakar Wankhede. Looking forward to hear from you very soon. God's richest blessings on you, your family and friends. Wishing you a very blessed and joyous Christmas season and a very bright, prosperous and Christ centered New year.