Nearer, My God, to Thee


Being one with God seems like a difficult thing to do, downright impossible, in fact. We pray, we read the Bible, we listen for God’s voice, but there is nothing. Not a sound! Not a divine transcendent moment! Not a feeling of awe! There is nothing!

No wonder we find it so hard to make time for meditation and prayer. There seems to be nothing in it for us. And yet, our faith tells us that God is ever near. Our faith convinces us that God is with us.

The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth.       – Psalm 145:2

I have no sure-fire formula for meeting up with God. But I do know that we have the mind to know God, the wisdom to find God, the patience to wait on God, and the ever-present hope of finally embracing God. The prayer of St. Thomas Aquinas is one that I speak during my times of meditation. Perhaps you, too, will find it uplifting.

Grant me, O Lord my God, a mind to know you, a heart to seek you, wisdom to find you, conduct pleasing to you, faithful perseverance in waiting for you, and a hope of finally embracing you. – St. Thomas Aquinas

In the end, we lean on our faith and do our best to find God. And sometimes we discover that God really is near, that God is before us, behind us, beside us, under us, over us . . . within us through the Holy Spirit.

Still all my song shall be, nearer, my God, to Thee.
Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee!

– Sarah F. Adams, 1841

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