I began this year with James 4:7-10 as my verse for the year and I asked God to draw me near to Him. On January 3 I wrote an entry called With Trembling Heart and in that post I shared James 4: 5-10 where in just a few short verses I saw that to draw close to God requires deep sorrow over sin, confession, pride, humility, hypocrisy, resisting temptation, faithfulness, and total dependence on God. And I wondered "Am I really ready to allow God to work in these areas of my life,my heart?"
This year is now drawing to a close and I can't help but wonder "have I learned to draw closer to God?" And What does it really mean to draw close? I hope to spend the last week of 2008 doing a recap of some of the things God has done in my life.
It's been a year of deep sorrow as I learned the importance of mourning that which was taken from me and then to walk on in healing. I think this will be an on going process as I have realized that mourning often comes in waves when least expected.
You have turned for me my mourning into dancing ; You have loosed my sackcloth and girded me with gladness,Psalms 30:11 NAS