Last night I was listening to a song called, Broken and Beautiful and starts, "there's a businessman, there's a widowed wife..." Great song with a message, "Come as you are."
It reminded me of all those invitations to social events and thinking about the most appropriate clothing, because I wanted to fit in. To hide amongst the crowd, when I really wanted to wear jeans!
My very few experiences as a kid, going to church could be counted on the right hand. They involved getting dressed up in fairly 'stiff' clothing and making sure I looked the part for the occasion in my full 'Sunday best' to fit in.
So where do we go when "your world comes crashing in" or things are just not right? Do we worry about putting on our 'Sunday best' and putting on a front and looking perfect in front of our Lord or do we 'come as we are' bring all of our 'stuff' no matter what it looks like. Someone once said, "nobody knows 'me' better than me and God."
There is an open invitation to a place for the lost, the hurting, the broken, or to anyone- church; things have changed. Don't worry about what to wear because you can 'come as you are' and you will fit in just fine. With this in your heart and mind there is real hope in Psalm 32 (New International Version)
1 Blessed is he
whose transgressions are forgiven,
whose sins are covered.
2 Blessed is the man
whose sin the LORD does not count against him
and in whose spirit is no deceit.
3 When I kept silent,
my bones wasted away
through my groaning all day long.
4 For day and night
your hand was heavy upon me;
my strength was sapped
as in the heat of summer.
5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you
and did not cover up my iniquity.
I said, "I will confess
my transgressions to the LORD "—
and you forgave
the guilt of my sin.
6 Therefore let everyone who is godly pray to you
while you may be found;
surely when the mighty waters rise,
they will not reach him.
7 You are my hiding place;
you will protect me from trouble
and surround me with songs of deliverance.
8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you and watch over you.
9 Do not be like the horse or the mule,
which have no understanding
but must be controlled by bit and bridle
or they will not come to you.
10 Many are the woes of the wicked,
but the LORD's unfailing love
surrounds the man who trusts in him.
11 Rejoice in the LORD and be glad, you righteous;
sing, all you who are upright in heart!