Dear Jesus

I am nearer than you dare believe, closer than the air you breathe. If My children could only recognize My Presence, they would never feel lonely again.

Dear Jesus,

I deeply desire to experience Your Presence more consistently. When I am aware of Your nearness, I feel peaceful and content. It’s awesome that You are even closer than the air I breathe. Usually, I’m not conscious of being enveloped in air, because it is invisible and constantly available to me. Similarly, Your unseen Presence is a constant in my life, but I often fail to recognize You. That leaves me vulnerable to loneliness.

Beloved, it’s good that you see the connection between loneliness and lack of awareness. This is an age-old problem. When the patriarch Jacob was in a barren place—far from his family—he was quite conscious of his isolation. However, I poured out My Presence upon him, in the form of a glorious dream. When Jacob awoke, he responded, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it” (Genesis 28:16). 

It is possible to feel isolated even when you are with other people, because of the privacy of your thoughts and unspoken needs. The only thing that can adequately fill the gaps of isolation is awareness of My abiding Presence. Not only am I constantly with you, but I am also within you: in the inner recesses of your heart and mind. My knowledge of you is picture-perfect, and it is framed in unconditional Love.

Let feelings of loneliness remind you of your need to seek My Face. Come to Me with your ever-so-human emptiness, and My divine Presence will fill you with Life to the full!

In my integrity you uphold me and set me in your presence forever. 
~ Psalm 41:12 

The Lord is righteous in all his ways and loving toward all he has made. The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. 
~ Psalm 145:17–18 

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” 
~ John 10:10

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