Next week many of us will find ourselves welcomed into someone’s home to celebrate, give thanks and break bread together. Many of us will be welcoming others into our homes.
One of the early uses of the word welcome was to describe something pleasurable. From the Old English wilcuma “welcome!”—the exclamation of kindly greeting, and “welcome guest,” literally “one whose coming suits another’s will or wish”.
Jesus extends an invitation welcoming us into His presence. He invites us to come…
- Come, and find rest… Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. —Matthew 11:28
- Come, follow Me…Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”—Matthew 19:21
- Come, and find peace…Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. —John 14:27
- Come, and find security…All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. —John 6:37
- Come, and find life...My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. —John 10:27-29
How often do we ignore or refuse His invitation?
This Thanksgiving, accept the invitation.
Come, let us find the rest and peace our souls so desperately need.
Come, let us experience the joy found in His presence.
Come, let us give thanks.
Come, let us adore Him.
Come, let us worship the Lord God, our Maker.
Oh come, let us sing to the Lord;
let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
Let us come into His presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise to Him with songs of praise
For the Lord is a great God,
and a great King above all gods.
In His hand are the depths of the earth;
the heights of the mountains are His also
The sea is His, for He made it,
and His hands formed the dry land.
Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!
For He is our God,
and we are the people of his pasture,
and the sheep of his hand.
Rejoicing in Him,
©2017 Susan Cady, susancady.com