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GOOD TO BE NEAR GOD

Hello Friends,

A couple of days ago, on July 1st, I opened up the “Church Center” APP in order to see what the daily passages were in our PAUSE Bible Reading Plan. My eyes landed on on the first day of the month, however that month was August while we’re still in July.

So I started reading my Bible in Psalm 73 instead of Psalm 35.

I know, I know…this doesn’t sound like a big deal. It certainly doesn’t feel like an urgent topic that needs to be addressed in this week’s HELLO FRIENDS!

But just hear me out…

I read and meditated on Psalm 73:28 that says “But as for me, it is good to be near God.”   This passage has been one of my favorite Scriptures for nearly 15 years. It’s a life verse of sorts.

After reading Psalm 73 I went back to the “Church Center” APP to see what was next in the reading plan only to discover I was actually a MONTH OFF. Again…not a big deal in the grand scheme of things. But, still, hear me out…

What you wouldn’t know unless I confessed it to you is that I hadn’t read my Bible for about three days. My schedule had been nuts. Lots of distractions. Yada, yada, yada. Excuses. Excuses. I know.

You may be thinking: “Gosh, three days!?!  I haven’t read my Bible in THREE YEARS!”

And to you (and to myself) I say this: whether it’s been three years, three days, or three minutes, it is GOOD TO BE NEAR GOD.

Period. Full stop. End of sentence.

Regardless of how long it has been since you have prayed, worshipped, read your Bible, been to church, etc. etc. you can begin again right now.

Right now.

Open your heart. Open your mouth. Open your Bible. Begin again right now. And when you find yourself drifting away, or disconnecting in some form or fashion, may the words of Psalm 73:28 serve as a gentle reminder to you, as it was to me:

“But as for me, it is good to be near God.”

Grace & Peace,

Pastor John