Come As You Are

One a Sunday morning, in a church filled to the brim, a young man came into the sanctuary before services. He appeared as if he’d slept in his clothes. He wore ripped jeans, a wrinkled shirt, and where were his shoes?

There didn’t seem to be a place amongst the pews for him to sit, nor did those wearing their Sunday best seem to try to make space for him, either. They were too shocked by his appearance. They were even more shocked when he walked up between the pews and sat in the middle aisle near the front.

It wasn’t long before one of the respected men of the church walked up that aisle and everyone watched, whispered, and waited. Only their eyes grew larger at the actions of their respected elder. He lowered himself to the carpet and sat by the young man.

When their pastor came to speak his message, he looked out upon the eager faces. They all looked so confident of the words he would say, but never expected to hear, “You won’t remember a thing I say today, but you’ll remember what you have seen.”

Have you read or heard this story before? What other examples can you share to which leads us to come to Christ as we are?


Feature Photo Credit Nikolia Kashirin via flickr creative commons

Susan Lower

Susan Lower is a thrifty, creative, adventurous gal who loves black raspberry ice cream and chocolate. She's married to an awesome guy who calls her beautiful and has three great kids who call her Mom. She serves on the board for the St. Davids Christian Writers' Association as their conference director and when she's not writing, you'll find her with a good book, taking a family adventure, or in her craft room at

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