O Come, Emmanuel!

photo by lynn: Bougainvillea (Israel)IMG_6518

Advent means “coming”. Emmanuel means “God with us.” Christmas is a worldwide celebration of Jesus coming to earth as a baby over 2000 years ago. Yes, he has come! What are we still waiting for??

We wait for his Spirit to come in a personal, more intimate way; to transform our hearts, to fill our lives with his love. We want to know Yeshua better as a friend and brother who will forgive every sin and heal our brokenness. Jesus means “he saves”. Could God be patiently waiting for us to come to him in faith?

Creation groans and we groan with it. We were created for paradise; we ache for ourselves and our hurting world to be restored to its original perfection. The King is coming back to make all things new and we anticipate that great (and terrible) future day.

Angels announced his first coming and told each witness, “Fear not”. Though times grow dark, we who believe can fearlessly hold out his light of hope. His kingdom citizens work, watch, and wait for heaven’s final trumpet fanfare when the Lord returns in power and glory!

 

mid-winter’s flower

thorns pierce blooms like drops of blood

messiah’s coming

19 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. katiemiafrederick
    Dec 16, 2015 @ 23:47:11

    SMiles.. late.. yes..
    but as promised
    i’m back Lynn..
    and the
    secret
    to Jesus..
    is being
    Jesus..
    sadly
    it’s
    still
    a secret to most..
    my friend Lynn..
    Merry
    Birthday
    of Christ
    always now
    for those of
    us who live
    with
    Christ
    heArts
    now..
    just
    now..
    yes what are
    ‘they’ waiting for
    heaven is now
    when Christ
    lives as our
    heArt
    now
    in spiRit
    expreSinG
    a balanced
    mind and body
    as Christ soUl NOW..
    per Luke 17:21.. my friend..
    the Kingdom of God lives
    within
    now
    just now..
    for those
    us who live it now..:)

    Reply

  2. Mark M. Redfearn
    Dec 14, 2015 @ 13:51:37

    …and those who are tired of waiting skip right over Advent…

    Reply

  3. Bryan Ens
    Dec 11, 2015 @ 22:59:01

    Amen and Amen! Amazing piece!

    Reply

  4. Bodhirose
    Dec 11, 2015 @ 21:30:37

    Beautiful, heartfelt message here, Lynn. Many blessings for you during this holiday season. I see you too have a photo of a Bougainvillea as did I for dVerse. Very pretty flowers but yes, thorny!
    Gayle ~

    Reply

  5. Glenn Buttkus
    Dec 11, 2015 @ 19:04:25

    A timely & meaningful Haibun; loved the closing haiku; blessings you & your family.

    Reply

  6. hypercryptical
    Dec 11, 2015 @ 12:26:55

    A beautiful message. Let peace reign.
    Anna :o]

    Reply

  7. Sanaa Rizvi (@rizvi_sanaa)
    Dec 11, 2015 @ 08:11:06

    Beautiful piece Lynn 🙂

    Reply

  8. Grace
    Dec 11, 2015 @ 07:08:56

    A meaningful message Lynn ~ We await his coming with gladness and love ~

    Reply

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