“Come near to God and He will come near to you.” – James 4:8a
Such seemingly simple words that hold such a perfect and powerful truth. When we call on Him, He answers. As we cry out to our King, He comes close and comforts. If we ask, He answers. He is faithful. And He is love.
In light of the Connecticut tragedy, many of us find ourselves in need of knowing His nearness. As a mother and an educator, such a travesty touched far too close to home. These young ones are precious gifts, presented by our Papa, for us to protect and raise up in the way they are meant to go. My heart hurts for the families and friends of such tender lives that were taken. Though I know not why such a monstrosity occurred, I know that God is good, and that He will somehow, ultimately, use even such a horrific happening, for good.
Come close. He will heal. Come close. He will restore hope where hope has been lost. Come close. He will hold hands and hearts as He has ushered His tiny treasures home. Come close. As we do, we will hear Him whisper the words that our hearts so desperately need to know. Come close. Though there is a season of sorrow, joy will come again.
We are able to come close because Christ came close to us. He entered the earth as a tiny treasure, was born in a stable and laid in a manger. Sweet innocence and the Son of God. His coming close did not end in infancy. He grew and gave as the world had never known. He healed. He helped. He touched and He talked to those who came close. He submitted Himself to be the ultimate sacrifice, once and for all, so that we could come close and call Him Christ our King. He sent His Holy Spirit to dwell in us, and I don’t think there can be a close that is closer than that!
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that as we come near to You, as we call on Your Name, You know our need, and You make Your nearness known. Please make Your presence tangible to every hurting heart today. May we hear Your heart, so that we too might be a comfort to those who need to know how to come close and receive Your tender touch. Let Your peace be presented in the places of pain, and use our hearts and hands to make Your nearness known. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present