Gather Me Close

May 6, 2020

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.” –Jesus, Matthew 23:37

Gather me close, under Your wings.

I’ve stoned those sent to me with messages I refused to receive.

Claimed my own understanding.

Went my own way.

Gather me close.

You give weary souls rest.

Take away my heavy.

Carry me close to Your heart.

When I ask, you give abundantly.

Pressed down, shaken together, running over.

Grace, love, life everlasting.

The course of this world follows the prince of the power of air.

Disobedient spirit son.

Flesh over faith.

Do not be conformed.

Gather me close.

Transformed mind renews.

Brings dead places to life.

Restores what’s broken.

Flows water in desolate places.

Spring of water wells up.

Gather me close.

I am willing.

Jesus, my Lord and Savior is gracious.

Compassionate and slow to anger.

Abounding in kindness, forgiving of evil.

He remembers my sin no more.

Greater love has no one.

He lays down His life.

Calls me His friend.

For God so loved He gave.

Wonderful Counselor.

Mighty God.

Everlasting Father.

Prince of Peace.

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Repent and be baptized.

Sin forgiven.

Holy Spirit.

Life eternal.

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord”, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. Romans 10:9-10

Father God, Lord and Master Jesus,

Forgive me. Forgive me for defining and deciding who You are. I put you in categories and boxes for my own benefit and comfort, to feel a false sense of security and a knowing. Your Word says many will perish for a lack of knowledge….and I was not willing. Not willing to hear and accept hard truth. Not willing to give things up for You. Not willing to surrender and live Your will. Forgive me. I want You. Not a watered down version. Not a version I can live with. Supernatural, indefinable You. To live life in uncertainty and trust. Your promises hold. You are gracious, Lord. You let me choose. There is no condemnation in Christ Jesus. You give me freewill and let me decide….to stay in the boat or walk on the water with You. I choose You. I choose not fully seeing or knowing until eternity. I choose to live the Word and be a sign and wonder unto You – for Your honor and glory. I choose to press in and follow You. Thank You, Lord for your grace and mercy. Thank you for the privilege of knowing You. Thank you that Your adventure is without end. In Your Holy, Precious, Matchless Name, I pray – Amen.

More about Liz

I'm a free spirit. I hate rules and legalism. I love art and nature, music, the beach and dogs. I like to garden, take pictures and read. I tend to speak my mind and have a rip-the-band-aid -off approach to life. (Brace yourself, this might hurt.)

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