“And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God.” Revelation 21:3
I was recently visiting a congregation in Dallas. I saw listed on the bulletin that we would be singing a hymn I had never heard before. Honestly, when this happens I concentrate on trying to figure out the tune so much that I don’t really pay attention to the words. However, this time was different.
I opened the Lutheran Hymnal to #833, “Listen, God is Calling”. Since I hadn’t heard it before, I decided to just listen to the first verse before I jumped in. That didn’t happen, though. I was so struck by the words of the refrain that all I wanted to do was listen. Those words have been with me ever since and I think they are perfect for any season, but especially during Advent.
“Listen, listen, God is calling
Through the Word inviting,
Offering forgiveness, comfort and joy.”
May we remember to listen to His Word and remember that we have received forgiveness, comfort and joy that only Jesus can offer.
During this busy season, we often times miss hearing Him. Take some time to pause, be still and listen.
“So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” Romans