He is near in our crushed brokenness

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18

December 1st.  I’m amazed!  The date on the calendar shows we have just entered the last month of the calendar year.  As I listen to conversations all around me I recognize, I’m not the only one who feels this year has raced past as a hare to beat the tortoise.

Regardless here I am on December 1st trying to wrap my brain around the idea of Christmas.  I don’t feel at all like celebrating Christmas in a traditional American sense.  Our hearts are too broken and our spirit is crushed.  Crushed psalm34

Thankfully, our Father has an answer for this condition.  The Lord Himself, He says He is close to those of us who are brokenhearted and crushed in spirit.  These few words bring such comfort and draw me back to a time as a baby girl when I would enjoy curling up on a protective lap.

Today I am focusing in on the nearness of God through His Spirit – His indwelling presence.  I have to stop and really concentrate on the fact that He is not just hanging around the house with me – though He is Emmanuel, God with us – He lives IN me.

Father, thank You for being near us in our crushed brokenness.  Thank You, Jesus, for knowing better than anyone else what that feels like.  May I – we – be so tangibly aware of Your presence as we draw near the celebration of Your birth this year – 2017.  For Your glory… for Your glory, and for our healing and purification.  Amen.

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Linking up with Kate Motaung and the Five Minute Friday community of faith writers today.  Kate’s word to ponder and write about:  {near}

Come join us today.  Ponder the word {near} Set your timer for 5 minutes and write with us.


13 thoughts on “He is near in our crushed brokenness

  1. “…He is not just hanging around the house with me – though He is Emmanuel, God with us – He lives IN me.”

    Isn’t it strange how we know this, yet we struggle to remember? Reading your sentence here startled me. God is always with me. As you say, in me. He chose me and made His home in me. What a comfort that is.

    1. Thank you, Marie! I appreciate you spending time here with me. Bless you, friend, with the awe and wonder in spirit and in truth of Jesus, our Savior!

  2. I quoted this verse too! It is so comforting to remember that he is with us, especially when we feel broken. I think Emmanuel is probably my favourite name of God!

  3. My favorite part of the Advent season is that the meaning of Emmanuel is God with us. Yes, he’s with us through all the messy. Stopping by from #fmf.

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