Oh my people, I long to embrace you and make you whole. Why won’t you turn to me, and let me heal you? Why won’t you turn away from the world, and more fully enter into the body of Christ, into union with me, a Triune God?
I long to show you the way. I long to help the law written on your hearts further resonate within you. I long to love you fully! The things of this world are not the answer to your fulfillment in this life. It isn’t money, status, or a nice house and car that make you feel whole! No! It is in loving your neighbor, and in treating people as you want to be treated. It is in giving to others and in serving others. The world needs you to enter in and to be healed so that the on-going mission of my Son can be felt throughout the world.
I long to give you joy and a fuller experience of love. I long for you to experience peace, even in this broken world.
If you wonder what is wrong with this world, turn to the prophets. Their words still ring true. If you want to know what is wrong, then turn to the words of my Son. There is more to this life than words on your lips. Listen to the Beatitudes. Mediate on the footwashing story in John’s Last Supper.
I long for you to rend your heart. I want you to surrender your stony hearts so that I can replace it with a heart made of true flesh. I want to fill you with the Holy Spirit so that you can proclaim my works loudly, and convincingly. I want you to be healed so that you can bring your neighbors to me for healing. I want a world where sheep and lion lay down together.
I will not override your will, even though I have the power to do so. I want you to turn to me on your own free will. I created you to be free, but freedom in me is something other than what you think. Please turn to me, and lay down your life for me.
Repent, not out of fear of hell, but out of love for a God who loves you, and wants to use you in this world for the salvation of souls; for the total fulfillment of your purpose in this life; for the complete and utter joy that comes from living a life with and in your God.