The Lord is Close – Beloved Women – December 7, 2018
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. - Psalm 34:18 NIV
I prayed, I cried, and I screamed at the ceiling. I couldn't catch my breath as I tried to make sense of what was happening in my life. My chest tightened, and my head spun out of control. The doctor had just explained that there was nothing more they can do for our son and we needed to explore the possibility of a "do not resuscitate order" so they knew what to do when his health failed. No parent ever wants to deal with the death of their child.
Besides the unrelenting pain of those days, I also remember feeling God close beside me. This feeling was not just some warm and fuzzy feeling; I felt His arms holding me tightly, comforting me. His presence got me through the dark days.
Without Him, I am not sure I would have survived the whole ordeal. When I think back on that time in my life, I remember Psalm 34:18, "The Lord is close to the brokenhearted." I know this scripture is true because He was close to me. If you are crushed in spirit, God will always be there for you.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for holding us firmly when we are broken-hearted. Thank you for standing by our side and allowing us to feel your physical presence when we are grieving. Please help us to remember in prayer, those who crushed in spirit and need help to face the future. In Jesus' name. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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Originally published Friday, 07 December 2018.