Sustenance from the archives+: Close

Sustenance from the archives+ (36)

In this time of grief
when every ounce of joy seems to have leaked out of my soul.
And there is no running here.
Not even a brisk walk.
Just steps that seem heavy and are trudging.

When there is a weariness down deep.
And there is laughter but only the shallow kind.
When I am inclined not to praise.
And most of all, You seem so far away.

I remember Your words:
You are close to those whose are broken hearted.
Living within me by Your Spirit.

Within.
I do not have to reach out.
Just within.
And although I may not feel You near,
You are right here.
Holding me close.
Breathing life into me.
Healing into my wounded places.
Giving me strength.
Giving me comfort.
Giving me grace.

In this time of grief
when every ounce of joy seems to have leaked out of my soul.
And there is no running here.
Not even a brisk walk.
And my steps are heavy.
And I do not feel you near.
You are close.
Close.
Closer than anyone else can be.


The funerals for those murdered in the Tree of Life Synagogue began on Tuesday, October 30. Pope Francis correctly stated, “In reality, all of us are wounded by this inhuman act of violence.” May it matter to us at the core of our being that yet again precious lives were taken violently in Pittsburgh, Kentucky, across the nation, and around the world. May we accept God’s comfort, obey His command to love others as He loves us, and use our voices boldly for His cause and against evil.

Today’s post is for Day 31, the last of the series, “Sustenance from the archives+,” that is part of the 31 Days Free Writes writing challenge. It was originally published on May 24, 2014, as “Five Minute Friday: Close.” I wrote it during a season when I was grieving the death of a second sister in a space of two years. God was my refuge and the source of my comfort then as now.  

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