Thank you for coming to our One Word at a Time blog carnival, which this week is on the word ‘come’.
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The idea of the carnival is simple. We pick one word every two weeks and all write a blog post inspired by that word. It’s fascinating to see the range of different trains of thought that can come from just one word.
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The flyers, the store posters, the TV and internet ads.. they’ve all been beckoning to me.
Come, they’ve been saying.
Come see what we have, see what you can get and see what wonderful deals we will do for you.
Come feast your eyes on our plenty.
Come lust, want, desire.
Come justify to yourself that you really need our wares.
Come see your neighbors with their purchases and be jealous.
This time of year is one where people seemingly go into a crazy buying frenzy, enticed and egged on by stores desperate for their business.
Pepper spray, shootings and people being trampled to death are all seemingly a ‘normal’ part of the Black Friday experience these days. So caught up are we in the need to own more and to give big, expensive gifts that we can’t afford at Christmas that the sales are a time when many people lose their minds trying to get as much as they can for as little as possible.
And still the stores say “Come.”
I have to admit at this point that I both went black Friday shopping and ran a Cyber Monday sale so I’m talking from experience here.
This word is one which vexes businesses all over the world. How do you get people to come?
I wish I knew.
More importantly though, how do we get people to ‘come’ to Jesus.
I dream of a day when people are fighting each other to come to Jesus, a time when the desire and frenzy is so great that people are clamouring to get to him.
Of course, we don’t need to fight to get there, Jesus is right there waiting and we can ‘come’ at any time, right where we are but the metaphorical picture of people fighting to get to God the way they fight to get their Black Friday bargains is one I love anyway.
If you stop to listen, the call is there as loud and clear as any Black Friday flyer or any TV commercial.
That still, small voice that you can hear on the wind is constantly calling….