Far and Near

Speaking on behalf of the Lord, the prophet Isaiah said, “Hear, you who are far off, what I have done; you who are near, acknowledge my might.”

There is a loneliness to the past and the future. I am not there; I am here in the present. I am far from who I was in the past and far from who I will be in the future. I am only near myself in this present moment.

God too is far and near. Far in the sense that God leaves us to ourselves in order for us to discover our own hearts and the heart of God. Yet God is as near as the next breath we take, as near as our very heartbeat. God is so near we do not see Her. God seems so far because we do not know Him. Because we do not see or know God who is so far and so near we have the anguish of loneliness at the core of our being. We know emptiness not plentitude. Sadness is always around the corner; joy occasionally comes and quickly goes.

To discover God in your heart you must journey beyond all self-consciousness to an awareness of a reality greater than yourself. It is a long journey and a short journey. And on the journey we must drop all notions of God and all notions of self. Only then can God reveal God to you and reveal you to yourself.

In loneliness and longing, we begin our journey to God. Stripped of everything, we have nothing, we take nothing. Yet our very loneliness is graced with the possibility to discover the transcendent. Even the silence of God is graced and speaks of the mystery of God and God’s forgiving nearness, God’s hidden intimacy. In stillness and silence we learn about a love that shares itself, an overflowing love that dissolves all alienation and fills the empty space within us.

God is here in this moment, waiting with open and outstretched arms, waiting to embrace and caress you with endless love.

Kiss this moment for in it is perfect joy and all good.

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4 Responses to “Far and Near”


  1. 1 squeaky kneeler February 8, 2015 at 5:46 am

    Gerry, i was praying to my big brother/fellow sinner, St. Augustine, a while ago, and he and i want to tell you that you wrote a masterpiece here, so filled with all the longing of each human heart!!! Thank you, brother. And though you are so far away – on opposite coast – you seem so very close.

  2. 2 aliceny February 8, 2015 at 8:09 am

    It would be difficult to add much to what ‘squeaky kneeler’ has said here. It would be like trying to re-invent the wheel.

    What penetrated my soul most strongly is your observation that the silence of God is graced and that it speaks to us of His forgiving nearness and His hidden intimacy. What an encouraging and hopeful lifeline to have available to one whose soul is drowning in a sea of pain and despair….

    Thank you, Gerry.

  3. 3 krebsjoan February 8, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    God is in this moment…. Kiss this moment. Thanks for that, Gerry.

  4. 4 Tom R. February 9, 2015 at 10:56 am

    Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android

    From:”Gerry Straub’s Blog” Date:Sun, Feb 8, 2015 at 8:03 am Subject:[New post] Far and Near

    Gerry Straub posted: “Speaking on behalf of the Lord, the prophet Isaiah said, “Hear, you who are far off, what I have done; you who are near, acknowledge my might.” There is a loneliness to the past and the future. I am not there; I am here in the present. I am far from wh”


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