The Power of An Invitation

I can’t seem to stop thinking about that invitation we received last week. If you don’t know what I’m talking about check out last week’s blog. That’s the thing about invitations, they have a kind of power over us.

Think about it.

We receive an invitation; we have to respond, in one way or another. We can’t, or should I say, shouldn’t just ignore it. It worms its way onto our calendar. Sometimes we have to rearrange things to accommodate it.

And that’s the good news about invitations. How about the bad news? How many times have we been upset by the fact that we didn’t get an invitation to something? Or been on the opposite side where we were made to feel bad for not inviting someone.

This invitation angst starts young. I remember it causing all kinds of stress when our kids were in grade school and had to decide who was invited to the birthday parties and when was the appropriate time to invite both the boys and girls.

See the power an invitation has to impact our lives?

This time of Advent, we are to spend time waiting and preparing for new birth, both outwardl, as we recall the birth of Jesus, and inwardly as we open ourselves to new life in our relationship with Jesus.

We’ve been given an invitation to do just that. How will you respond this Advent?

Will you respond with confusion? What exactly does this mean?

Will you respond with indifference?  Will the invite get buried under life’s cluttered desktop?

It doesn’t matter, as long as you respond. God can work with any RSVP we send His way and is always there with second chances.

The hope is that maybe this year we can respond with enthusiasm and joyful anticipation knowing that we have received the greatest invitation of all; to be a recipient of the abundant life and endless love this new baby promises.

You don’t want to miss out on that.


Joan Carey, Firstfruits executive director, is an author and speaker with a passion for helping women grow in their relationships with God. Her Ponder This book contains a series of modern day parables sure to get you thinking about and seeing our extraordinary God in our ordinary experiences. Joan invites you to use resources on this website for daily reflection in your journey to grow in God's loving care for you.
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