Near to the Heart of God

Last Sunday morning I awoke in the hospital. I’d had surgery a few days earlier and my mind was foggy from medication that didn’t mask the pain. I managed to get myself ready for my going-home day then I eased my wounded body into a chair. I’d been weepy for a couple of days. Life-changes, good or bad, often render me teary – not sure why – I accept this as part of my make-up and no longer try to fight against it. Truth – I enjoy a good cry. I cleanses my soul and forces me in weakness to draw closer to my heavenly Father. As I sat in the chair, the sun, which hadn’t been seen for days, shone through the window beside me. Then, a hymn rose in my heart –

There is a place of quiet rest, near to the heart of God

A place where sin can not molest, near to the heart of God

O Jesus blessed Redeemer sent from the heart of God

Hold us who wait before You, near to the heart of God.

I hummed along, sensing harmony with the ball of fire lighting up the room. The same hands that formed the sun holds my life. As a mother snuggles a baby close to her breast, our marvellous God draws us to a place close to his heart.

Do you feel weak? Far from God? Let the words of this old hymn remind you that you too have a place where you are nestled in His arms, close to His heart. This special place is always available no matter how old, or how weak you become or how far away you may  sometimes feel from Him.

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. James 4:8

Rest your whole being in Jesus today.

(My book, One Good Word Makes all the Difference is available here.)


About rosemccormickbrandon

An award winning personal experience writer, Rose McCormick Brandon is a frequent contributor to faith magazines, devotionals and compilations, including Chicken Soup for the Soul. Rose is the author of Promises of Home: Stories of Canada's British Home Children (2014). One Good Word Makes all the Difference (2013), He Loves Me Not, He Loves Me (2012) and Vanished: What Happened to My Son. She's a frequent contributor to The Testimony, Today's Pentecostal Evangel and other faith magazines in Canada, U.S. and Australia. Rose also writes about Canadian history, specifically the era of Child Immigration from Britain. Read her stories of child immigrants at:
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4 Responses to Near to the Heart of God

  1. This is beautiful Rose. I hope you are feeling stronger and well. Bless your heart, I have the same tendency to be weepy when I’m not feeling well. The Lord can also make me weepy with His joy when He draws me near. Praying for you dear lady.

  2. Joan says:

    Thanks for putting this into such lovely words. Get well soon, but enjoy your time of healing as well. Sometimes we need to just be still and let God knit us back together.

  3. ardsley19 says:

    Rose, I really appreciate your sharing this when you are in pain and “foggy-headed.” I suffer from Fibromyalgia and in a chronic way I know where you are at. I know the feelings… the foggy-headedness, the weakness, as well as pain. and feeling weepy for no apparent reason. I always seem to need special permission to cry. Thank you that your sharing helps me with that “permission.”

    Blessings, and I hope you get better fast.

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