a people –
lost and wandering
in the desert of your own self-interest,
for the significance
of the one who holds
the secrets of life –
hear the promise of his words;
of an eternal spring of water
to take away all thirst,
only when lost and wandering
in the one who brought you out of sin,
and into life eternal.
God reaches out to you.
He seeks you.
He gazes deep into the inner places of your heart.
He looks at you –
longing for his bride
as she walks down the asile.
may you run.
as a child runs to his father,
as a sprinter stretches for the finish line,
as friends on a quiet evening jog.
May you run to the embrace of God,
who opens his hands
to receive your tired, hurting life,
to wrap his arms around you,
and hold you
in his grasp.
may you reach the finish line,
exhausted but satisfied,
having given everything to the race
with your eyes longing for one thing –
the place where Jesus sits at the right hand of God –
you who search for wisdom in a thorny world
who seek God’s truth instead of man’s empty words
Jesus stands before you and speaks:
No one comes to the Father
except through me.
May you draw near to Christ.
You who wait expectantly for a Savior
Who search for one who will restore your soul
And quench the needs and desires of you heart –
He is come.
He is Jesus.
He bids you come to him.
May the Lord bless you.
As you struggle with his plan may he give you comfort.
As you question his plan may he give you wisdom.
As you follow his plan may he light each step of your path,
guiding your way home.
You who have tasted the world,
who have climbed highest mountains
and run through fields,
only to find emptiness and despair;
You who search diligently,
finding meaning in pleasure
only to have it retreat from you;
You who knew the seeds of pleasure,
but experienced a harvest of pain –
hear the words of He who made you and know:
“Pleasure is from the hand of God.
Who can enjoy anything apart from him?”
May you delight in the Lord.
May you find your pleasure in Him.
To you who are alone,
seeking God in a dry and empty desert,
parched and hopeless –
take heart in the promise that he who seeks shall find.
To you who are hurting,
burdened under a load you cannot carry,
bent and worn from life’s journey –
take heart in a Savior who offers you rest.
To you who are divided,
fractured and broken,
the pieces of your life scattered in disarray –
take heart as you hold them in your trembling hands – for the healer calls you to himself.
To you who hunger and thirst for hope, and peace
To you who need the loving arms of a Savior – he seeks you.
He left the ninety nine to seek one –