Loved Like Lazarus

When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, He was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. – (John 11:33)

 

Jesus was not God out there, He was God came near, who felt what we feel, and loved people through their points of pain. This particular verse was Jesus’ response after He saw and spoke with both Martha and Mary after Lazarus had died. Little did the ladies know, that when Jesus was moved in spirit, it would bring back to life, the brother that they thought they had lost… The very same God who loved Mary, Martha and Lazarus in their spaces of sorrow, loves each of us and knows our needs. He is moved when we weep and hears every prayer. We never know how He intends to answer our requests, and we can always count on His coming close in our space of need. May we never forget that He is close to the brokenhearted, and He hears every cry of our hearts. He is faithful to meet us in our brokenness, and love us back to life.

 

There are times like Lazarus,Internal Investments Exceed External

when light gives way to pain;

all the heart knows is weeping,

we need new life again.

In those places of darkness,

if we call on the Lord;

He’s faithful to draw near us,

love and peace He’ll afford.

Healing this side of heaven,

is held in His great hands;

as we submit and trust Him,

His love reveals His plans.

He stays with brokenhearted,

and hears each cry we pray;

He’s near us every moment,

His light will point the way.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You sent Your Son to show us how You love. Thank You that Your love is not from afar, but it is love that comes close, that feels, and touches, and weeps when we weep and rejoices when we rejoice. Thank You that You are moved by what moves us. Forgive us for forgetting how very personal and near You are in the throes of our own pain, and help us to know Your nearness in tangible ways. Teach us to trust You more, so that we would call on You in our chaos and give You thanks for the gifts of grace. Lead us to love others as You so generously love each of us. May many come to know Your nearness personally, and choose to enter into a relationship with You. Be exalted O God, as we come before You with both thanksgiving and petitions, grateful for Your nearness and understanding of each one of us as You provide new life for us in You. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

For the Lord your God will bless you, …and your joy will be complete. – Deuteronomy 16:15

The Credence of Christ

The Credence of Christ
God who’s unchanging,

makes His purpose clear;

to His, He’s promised,

He’ll always be near.

Two things never change,

we can rest assured;

nature and promise –

God sticks to His word.

He is our great hope,

and anchor for soul;

stays firm and secure,

High Priest to extol.

He goes before us,

forever is true;

grants eternal hope,

shows us what to do.

So hold onto hope,

in Him, it’s certain;

our future secured,

torn was the curtain.

(Responding to Hebrews 6:17-20)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that Your nature and Your promises never change. Thank You that You are the same yesterday, today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8) Thank You that through the death and resurrection of Christ, the curtain that kept us from coming close to You, was torn. Thank You Jesus that You are our great High Priest, who goes before us and makes the way for us to be called clean – worthy to enter Your eternal presence. Forgive us for not always behaving as Your people of promise, and help us to walk in Your way and be instruments of Your truth. May many come close and lay hold of the hope that is held in You alone. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present