I was thinking about the differences between near and close.
Yes, they can mean the same things in terms of space.
But they can be very different when it comes to closeness.
We can be very near someone in location…sometimes in the same house.
But not feel very close to them.
What does it take to feel close to a person?
We need to share our lives with them.
Part of sharing our lives means sitting down at the end of the day and debriefing.
We can’t just go through our day together
Even if we work alongside each other;
Being near each other;
And not share our life and heart with them.
That is what makes our lives feel like they make sense.
That is what helps us understand why certain events tend to throw you off.
Or a comment or activity will make you laugh and become happier. stop
Suddenly I understand the sadness that can overtake you.
Or the anger that rises up to overcome you.
Hearing those thoughts and stories at the end of the day tell me more about you.
I learn more about the person I love and we become closer.
Yes, I learn about your warts too, but that comes with the package.
Learning about your warts and weaknesses makes me braver to share mine with you.
In the end, we can come before GOD, dressed in Jesus’ righteousness.
We understand more how broken we truly are;
How great the forgiveness is that He has provided us;
How much we need to share it with each other with the same grace He has given us.
Is it easy and cheap? No.
It is very costly…often excruciatingly painful.
That’s the way of forgiveness.
It is not easy, cheap or quick.
It takes time.
So does the process of developing closeness.
It seems they are all intertwined deeply together.
Forgive, listen, love, move closer, share your life
Lean on Jesus together.
After almost 50 years, I noticed tonight that we have challenges.
It is easy to take each other for granted.
Easy to get into ruts.
We need to take the time to share our lives verbally still…
And make time for affection and caring.
Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees,
and make straight paths for your feet,
so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed.
Strive for peace with everyone,
and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.
See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God;
that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble,
and by it many become defiled;