Jesus, Keep Me Near The Cross
In these last few weeks of the year, we celebrate the birth of Jesus, and the beginning of a New Year. I am so thankful for this time of reflection. The humble beginnings of the one born to die for me. The reflection of the year that has passed and the anticipation of the New Year to come. My PopPop used to always say, “Jesus, keep me near the Cross…” I never quite understood what that meant but I knew it was powerful. Last night that was my prayer. With the world as crazy as it is, life as crazy as it is, I ask, “Jesus, keep me near the Cross..” Keep me near that place where you hung, bled and died for me. Even though you knew me, all my downfalls and all my imperfections, you went there for me. When al the world is looking for a finish line, keep me near the place of my new beginning. Jesus, keep me near the Cross. My prayer for today, tomorrow and everyday here ever after. I want to be nearer. I want to focus on the victory won and not so much the journey ahead. I want Christ magnified so that I may see beyond the gaps and the bridges of life. I long to be free of the madness of today. I want to be more like Him and less like me. Jesus, keep me near the Cross.
Reflections Of Every Season To Worship
I find myself always wanting to be near the Cross, wrapped in His arms, in the palm of His blood stained hands…draped in His robe of Glory.
Father, I lift my hands to worship; in surrender to Your love. I bow down at your feet, my God; in submission to Your sacrifice. Your birth gave me hope. Your death gave me life. Lead me down the path, in the Autumn of my life, to find the Cross. It represents the season of Spring. The time of the rebirth of all creation. Lead me there, to the true path of holiness. Keep me there. You are Mary’s little baby. Wise men still seek You. Oh, come let us adore Him! God, thank You for Your sacrifice.
6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
John 4:14 speaks of the true and living water. The well that never runs dry. The true and living water that flows from Cal’vry’s mountain. Calvary…where I find rest. Calvary, where the sinless lamb was slain for me.
Keep Me There
I pray that in the hustle and bustle of life that you remember that no matter how many parties and gatherings you may attend there is one reason we all truly have purpose and our lives have meaning. The babe, lying in a manger. Born the King of Kings in a place where animals fed. We must remember that as in that baby’s story, the beginning was so humble. The life of our Savior was full of great mysteries and wonders. He had the power to save himself but He chose to save the world! Remember that as you embark 2017. Press through, be who God has called you to be...set apart.
1 Corinthians 15:58
58 Therefore, my brethren, be ye stedfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
He is not finished with you yet! So as you go into the New Year, cling to the Cross and see the world in the eyes of the one we magnify, Christ. Take a closer look, pray, believe and stay near the feet of Jesus at the Cross.