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Father God, I seek to draw near to you this day. You are fully aware of the events that have impacted my life in the last couple of years. Prayer has become a struggle. Why? I think it’s because there are some uncertainties that have found a way into my relationship with you.

Things between us are not like they used to be. I found it easier to pray when I was a Pastor. It sounds foolish but it was easier to pray when I had to pray.I want you to know that I am no longer satisfied with the status quo. You told me once that my relationship with Bev was the closest example or illustration of my relationship with you. Sometimes I had to apologize to her for my reaction to  something she had said or done. Until that happened our fellowship was under strain even though our relationship remained secure.

Just before lunch today I found myself thinking about the words of that hymn and I want to pray them to you today. I so much want the restoration of our life together. The way it used to be but better!! The author obviously knew the experience of relational distance.

O for a closer walk with God,
A calm and heavenly frame,
A light to shine upon the road
That leads me to the Lamb!

Where is the blessedness I knew,
When first I saw the Lord?
Where is the soul refreshing view
Of Jesus and His Word?

What peaceful hours I once enjoyed!
How sweet their memory still!
But they have left an aching void
The world can never fill.

The dearest idol I have known,
Whate’er that idol be
Help me to tear it from Thy throne,
And worship only Thee.

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