“If you are a dreamer come in
If you are a dreamer a wisher a liar
A hoper a pray-er a magic-bean-buyer
If you’re a pretender com sit by my fire
For we have some flax golden tales to spin
― Shel Silverstein
I have always loved this poem. To me, it is about open doors, new possibilities, welcoming hospitality, community, and encouragement. It says you are enough, you are chosen, you are invited, you are wanted. Come in and share life with me. It’s going to be fun.
I know Shel Silverstein is not Jesus but I can’t help but think Jesus might say the same thing. Whoever you are, wherever you’ve been, come sit with me, let’s share stories, let’s do life together…come in!
We moved this past week into our new home. After months of moving and being in temporary housing, it feels good to settle in and unpack. The picture above is of our new house through the front doors.
I love doors. They hold such possibility.
From both sides.
Maybe you are the one inside, beckoning others to join you…Come in! Come in!
Maybe you are the one on the outside hoping to be invited, filled with curiosity, glimpsing inside…excited about the possibility of new things.
I feel like I’m on both sides right now.
God is opening this new door and saying, Come in! I’ve got great plans for you. Let’s do this.
I am excited. I feel loved and protected. I say yes. I step through the door. Another new door.
And then I feel I must do some inviting of my own:
Jesus, come into this space and fill it up. Fill us up. Bless each and every corner of this home with your presence and your grace. Teach us to be more like you. Laugh with us and be with us as we eat, pray, talk, learn, grow and love. In our early morning grogginess and in our late night prayers…when the sun sets and rises…in our arguments and disappointments and struggles…in our celebrations and our accomplishments and our dreams coming true. In those moments when we wonder and we doubt and we let fear creep in…be there to remind us and to reassure us and to comfort us. Show us who we are and what we are living for. Come into the messiness and love us. Right now. As we are. We are in process and you know it and you love us anyway. We put our faith and trust in you.
We invite you in.
It is because of you that we can step through new doors with bold confidence and joyous expectation.
You are doing a new thing and we are grateful.
Come in! Come in!
©2015 Sue Bidstrup, Great Big Yes™, All Rights Reserved
I hope you can join us for a virtual Bible Study (0ver the phone!) starting February 9th. We will be exploring The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning. It’s an amazing book filled with so much encouragement! I will be leading the study so if you have any questions about how it works, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to register, please go to holyyoga.net and then to events and then virtual bible studies. I would LOVE to study God’s Word with you!