GOD IS NEAR
Read Psalm 63: 1-11
David wrote, “God, . . . earnestly I seek you; I thirst
for you, my whole being longs for you, . . . . On
my bed I remember you; I think of you through
the watches of the night. Because you
are my help, . . . . I cling to you."
A year had passed since Brion, my husband, died. My
heart was still profoundly broken. One night, grief overwhelmed me. My Bible was beside me, but almost defiantly
I pointed to the empty pillow, “God, I don’t want to read my
Bible! I want to see Brion’s face. That’s what I want!” At first I
was shocked by my own words, and then I felt refreshed with
the strong sense that God was hearing my cry. A sense of
peace filled me.
Eventually, I opened my Bible to Psalm 63. King David’s
own son Absalom had betrayed him and threatened his
kingdom. David’s words of lament became my own. Amid
my overwhelming sorrow, I understood that God’s nearness
was all I needed. God was present, and that indescribable
presence brought me
I have learned that God
meets us in those desert
places of brokenness — the
time of our greatest need. I
have found God to be enough and very near. I no longer feel
alone. Instead, I am protected in God’s perfect love.
Prayer: God of all comfort, thank you for seeing our need and
hearing our cries. Help us to cling to you always. Amen.
Laurie LaCross (California)
Prayer Focus: SOMEONE GRIEVING A SPOUSE
— Psalm 63: 1, 6-8 (NIV)
Thought for the Day
God hears the cries of my