The King is Calling!

The King is Calling – Kip Fox

Come every beating heart that longs to find its worth
Come every aching soul in need of something more
Come with your questions come with your doubts
Bring them to the Lord

Come all you castaways left out of every crowd
Come all you outsiders unwanted until now
You are a people you have a place
Waiting with the Lord

Troubled and restless hungry and helpless

Sing for joy the King is calling strong in justice rich in mercy
Sing for joy the King is calling and his love is never – ending

Come all you servants with no candle left to burn
Come every broken body tired from years of work
Lay down your tools lift up your hands
Lift them to the Lord

This is one of my favorite Christian contemporary songs. I love the message: the King of Kings is calling for the troubled, restless, hungry and helpless, the castaways, outsiders, servants who’s candles have been burned at both ends to nothingness, and boken-body workers. He has love and grace and truth. He’s calling you.

Sometimes we’re very aware of our brokenness. Our souls ache from trying to keep ourselves afloat. Our hearts are broken by the burdens we bear for others. Our doubts loom large before us.

Sometimes, however, we are oblivious to our brokenness and needs. We numb ourselves with busy-ness, distractions such as sports, cinema, girl or guy-watching, fantasizing, or drugs of our choice.

Sometimes the world conspires against us in a most unusual way. All things go well. The weather is beautiful. Our friends are not needy. We’re succeeding in career and family. Life is good.

The problem is, it’s not. Just recently this came home to me when Diane came back from another week at a PLI gathering. This was in Colorado. It was a great success. Her flight was delayed, and when she got home, she mentioned that perhaps it was the fires in California that had caused the air traffic tie-up.

“What fires?” I asked. I had not heard that the worst fires in the history of California were raveging that state. According to a USA Today article the Camp Fire has destroyed more than 6700 structures as of November 10. That’s the most ever. The 2017 Tubbs Fire destroyed 5636 structures. I knew nothing about it.

I’m not sure how I had missed that news, but I did. And I wonder how many things we miss that are going on all around us. Just because we’re not aware of the brokenness all around us doesn’t mean it’s not happening.

That can even be true in our own lives. We can overlook our own brokenness. We can minimize our sin. We can deceive ourselves. If, however, God awakens us to our sin, it is not to shame us, or to cause us pain. It is not to remove us from his presence. It is to call us to himself. That is eternally and supremely good to know and to believe!

 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. – 1 John 1:8-10

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These women would not allow me to take a photo of them from the front. Note the baby on the back of the woman in the front of the other two. | Guatemala | September 2018

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