your parting words to your disciples
were, “Surely I am with you always,”
and then you ascended
to sit at your Father’s right hand.
“Yet I am always with you.
You hold me by my right hand.
With your guidance you lead me,
and afterward, you will take me to glory.
Who else is there for me in heaven?
And besides you, I desire no one else on earth..”
You came to bear our infirmities,
griefs, and sorrows.
You healed many people of their sicknesses
of body and spirit,
and you restored sinners
with your words of forgiveness:
“Neither do I condemn you…”
“Take heart! Your sins are forgiven..”
“My flesh and my heart fail,
but God is the rock of my heart
and my portion forever.“
Draw me nearer to you.
Fix my heart on your Word,
“Those who are far from you will perish…
As for me, God’s nearness is good for me.
I have made the Lord God my refuge,
so that I can tell about all your works..”
Remind me of your Word, your presence,
…and that nothing else matters.
Source: © 2017 Paul C. Stratman. Scripture from the Evangelical Heritage Version.