“Are you hurting and broken within?
Overwhelmed by the weight of your sin?
Jesus is calling
Have you come to the end of yourself
Do you thirst for a drink from the well?
Jesus is calling”
These are the words to a song written and sang by Elevation Worship. I know that some of us no longer subscribe to only masculine language for God and I hope that we can still hear the call to come to the altar. As women, we often carry more guilt and shame that is not ours to carry. We take on the pressures of the world to be superheroes no one asked us to be. We give and give and give to others often forgetting about ourselves. This can leave us very low and feeling as though we have nothing left to offer – ministry or ourselves. The burdens we bear are often unspoken and we can fool the best of them. We cannot fool Christ. Christ is calling us to the altar for renewal, rest, peace, love, to be held, to let go. We weren’t designed to do it all and Jesus says we don’t have to. On our journeys to be great, we must learn that every path is not ours to walk. It is okay to say no, to stop even. When our cups are empty, we can come to the altar and be filled.
Where is your altar? Do you know how to get to it? Stop in this moment. Locate your altar and make a visit. The song beckons us to come to the altar and receive the gift of Life in Jesus Christ. Bring all of your cares to the altar and leave them there. The bible tells us to “Cast your cares on Jesus for he cares for you” – 1 Peter 5:7. Make the exchange with Jesus. Release your cares, fears, doubts and pick up love, strength, encouragement, peace, guidance, YOU.
“O Come to the altar, the father’s arms are opened wide…”
Rev. Anita M. Cobb