Today’s Word: ‘Near’ as in… the One who is soon to come, is, even now, so near!
The second Monday of Advent challenges us to ask this honest and brave question:
“Where is God?”
God is near, God is here, God is in our midst as the One who is soon to come, yet even now, so near. Psalm 46 speaks powerful words of nearness. My late friend, Eugene Peterson, in his translation of Psalm 46 from the Message Bible understands it this way:
“God is a safe place to hide, ready to help when we need him. We stand fearless at the cliff-edge of doom, courageous in sea-storm and earthquake, before the rush and roar of oceans, the tremors that shift mountains. Jacob-wrestling God fights for us, GOD-of-Angel-Armies protects us. River fountains splash joy, cooling God’s city, this sacred haunt of the Most High. God lives here, the streets are safe, God at your service from crack of dawn.”
In our weakness, God is our strength; God is near to us. In our terror, God is our refuge; God is near to us. In our trouble, God is our Savior; God is near to us. When we’re going down, God lifts us up! God is near to us in our work and in our play, near us at school, in the broad daylight, in the dark of night! God is near to us among our family and friends, and when we fell alone, near to us when we laugh and when we catch ourselves laughing when not so long before we thought we’d never stop crying. God is near to us in the carols we sing, in the stories we read, in the sights, the sounds, the aromas, the feelings, the flavors of this Advent season.
In this second week of Advent, the light is just a bit brighter; two candles now, not just one. As we continue to wait; we wait knowing that all of our Advent anticipation points toward the Prince of Peace, the One who is soon to come, yet even now, so near.