Emmanuel and the End of 2020

We’re almost there, friends.

Our world has seen upheaval of numerous variations since the beginning. This year added a new layer in the memory bank of humanity.

I have always found a certain strange peace in being past a big event and the reward of some breathing space.

Breathing space can begin the slow and easy unwinding of the vice grip of reality. Take a second… Sigh…

Our minds can open up to receive the light beginning to beam down through the clouds. Do you sense that, too?

The interruption of the steady and often frantic drumbeat of life is the longing of my heart. How about you?

Can you imagine an interruption going back generations that still calls to us today?Emmanuel, or Immanuel, appears in the Bible in both the New and Old Testaments. Both spellings mean the same thing- God with us.

Jesus came to interrupt the course of humanity and provide a new way to live, to think, to love, to forgive, to treat others, to know and experience God- basically, a new way for everything.

After this year, you may be ready for a disruption to what has become your daily norm. I know I am.

Revelation 3:20 says, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.”

It doesn’t say- clean the house, put your best face on, everyone pretend to like each other and act respectable, then He will come inside…

It says He knocks and whoever opens the door, He will come in and eat with them. He comes to all of us AS WE ARE and offers Himself in relationship to everyone- all the time.

Here is a thought- are we open to the change in our routine to even hear a knock at the door?

Are we willing to interrupt what we are doing to go open the door?

The real question is: Are we really ready for a change?

He is not asking for us to do the work so that we become acceptable to Him. He is coming to us and asking US to receive Him.

If we are open to something new and respond to his knocking at the door of our lives, be ready. Opening the door to Jesus changes everything and it begins the second the decision is made. There is acceptance, unconditional love, forgiveness and the opportunity for a new start.

Whether you are already a follower of Jesus or not, this invitation to start new awaits all of us each day and the good news is that Emmanuel’s offer is not just for Christmas or the new year. Emmanuel is always reaching out for connection, for restoration, and to set us on the path toward healing and being all that we are created to be.

What newness do you desire as 2020 begins to fade? Can you hear the knock on the door?

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