God Is Near - Lenten Devotional

During Lent, as we ponder how the theme “Lost and Found” relates to our journey of faith, we will share a weekly devotion written by an active elder or a staff member. We hope these provide “food for thought” during this season.


Today while making coffee and getting ready, I heard a faint chirping sound from the quiet of my kitchen. At first, I didn’t give it much thought, but then the chirping seemed to get closer and I couldn’t help but look out my window in search of that sweet noise. As I peered through the glass, there in my yard, among the dormant ground and the leafless trees was the most vibrant red cardinal singing its song. And I knew he was singing for me. 

A year ago, while newly grieving the loss of my mother from early-onset Alzheimer’s, a neighbor gave my family a felted cardinal ornament to hang in our home with the thought that whenever we see a cardinal, we are reminded that our loved one is near. With God’s grace, I can confidently say that I have seen more cardinals in 2018 than in any other year of my life. God meets me in my grief with sweet reminders of not only my mom’s closeness, but more importantly, the closeness of God.

In times of grief and loss, the words of Psalm 139 remind us that God is closer than we know. Verse 1 says, “You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.”  What comfort and peace we have in knowing that our God perceives our thoughts from afar and knows us so intimately that God’s love can cover a multitude and provide us with the personal comfort of a simple sweet songbird. 

Today, if you are feeling lost or unsure, look around you. God knows your need and will meet you there. God will send you reminders that you are found in Christ, just as God sent me the gift of a bright red cardinal this morning. 

—Ingrid Addison, Director of Mission and Outreach

FPC Richmond