Who is near and dear to your heart? It’s an old cliché, but it makes a lot of sense (that’s why it’s a cliché!).
I think about how God is always near to those who follow Him—His precious people united through faith in Christ. I think about the nearness I feel to friends, family, and church family.
Near is a word that makes me think of warm memories of closeness with my family. It makes me think of the nearness of God (Hebrews 13:5). It makes me think of support, of a foundation.
We need the nearness of Someone to support us—to be our foundation. Sometimes we forget that, while independence is something of life skill, it does not negate our need for relationship.
Sometimes in the busyness of everyday worldchanging (or drudgery) we forget the need to offer Christ’s love to those around us, especially those who also belong to Him (1 Corinthians 13:1-3; Galatians 6:10).
Christ came near to us, and remains near to us, so we can share that remarkably human nearness with others (John 1).
Isn’t that what the Christmas season is all about? Family is near, friends are near. We celebrate the nearness of “God with us” (Jesus) by being near those closest to us—and perhaps even participating in special service projects in which we bring the nearness of Christ to those who desperately need Him and His hope.
We can give nearness to others because God gave it to us. We rejected Him, but He chased us down. We were far away, and He draws us back—draws us near (Romans 5:8; Luke 19:10; James 4:8).
[This post was written through and for Five Minute Friday, a prompt-based blog link-up and writing community.]