Come – Blog Carnival

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Thank you for coming to our One Word at a Time blog carnival, which this week is on the word ‘come’.

No matter how you’ve come to be here or where you’re coming from, you’re welcome and we’d love for you to come back and visit us again soon.

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.

Below this, you’ll find a little widget called Simply Linked. All the participants add their links to the widget and that way, we can all find and read all the entries into the carnival. You’re welcome to join us, the carnival is open to anyone.

To see all of the upcoming words and their dates, visit http://peterpollock.com/category/faith/carnival/

Come Here

Beckoning finger

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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.

Come.

Come.

COME!

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.

Come.

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….

“Come.”

About PeterP

I am a blogger, author, stay at home dad, speaker, web hosting trainer and geek (I was so excited to get an iPad that I actually made up a song and dance about it). I am English by birth, but currently live in California with my wife and our three children. I ran a web hosting business for nine years and found that many, if not most of my clients had never learned how to use any of the functions associated with hosting so I wrote a book to try and teach just those skills. I must admit to having fallen in love with WordPress (possibly a little TOO much) and I honestly find it hard to understand why anyone would use anything different to build a site! WordPress is wonderful! My passion is to help others achieve their goals with their websites/blogs. I believe that, with a little help, anyone can have an awesome site.

7 thoughts on “Come – Blog Carnival”

  1. Lisa notes says:

    How do we get people to come to Jesus? Such an excellent question, Peter. We can invite, we can open the doors, but ultimately, we have to keep coming ourselves and pray they will follow.

  2. Yes, we fight and claw for things that bring momentary happiness but the true eternal joy of knowing Jesus is always there and always calling us deeper. Great thoughts, Peter. Thank you.

  3. Michael Snow says:

    “…This is the peace of which the shepherds heard.
    “Glory to God in the highest and on earth, peace, goodwill toward men.”
    …This peace offer still stands today. In the final invitation of the New Testament, it is offered to all:
    I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.

    And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

    … Everyone who hears this should say, “Come!”
    If you are thirsty, come! If you want life-giving water, come and take it. It’s free!

    … Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.”

    The conclusion from Oh Holy Night: The Peace of 1914
    http://sdcougar.startlogic.com/blog/?p=155

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