Draw Near

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Draw near

By Susie Teramura


Sailing in a bit late

We take

A seat in

A new pew,

New for us, anyway.


Deciding to sit

In this section

Of the church

So we can see

Little one wave her

Palm branches

And sing Hosanna!


The first song begins

And as we get

To the chorus,

Singing loud about

The Lion and the Lamb

I notice it…


A smell so putrid

And repulsive

I feel I might get sick.


Trying to choke

back my reaction

I continue to sing

Wondering who

or what it is.


Song number two begins

And I am

Beside myself,

I can stand it

No longer.


Husband’s face

Reads mine.

He smells it too

And we decide to

Exit after the next song

And relocate.


But I got to

Thinking about

Sin and me

And the stink

Of it all.


How this Easter message

Is all about that,

The rot of death

And the loneliness

It creates,

The separation,

And how you fixed all that

By your blood

Cleaning me up,

Drawing me near.

And I pause there…


You wanted me near,

You wanted me

To be Yours forever

So You rolled up

Your sleeves and

Entered my mess and

The smell of

It and dealt

With it all

Not even a bit

Left for me.

You did it all,

100% complete .

You rescued me.


How great

The mercy,

How humbling

The kindness,

Leaving me

A speechless

Mess on my knees.

How great

The Father’s love, lavished

And poured out

In extravagance

No strings attached,

Pure love

All over me.


And I look over and

She’s jumping up

And down

Palm branches

Waving crazy

Like a rescued one.



Ephesians 2:13

But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.



Hebrews 10:22

let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.


James 4:8

Come near to God and he will come near to you


Deuteronomy 5:27

 Go near and listen to all that the Lord our God says.







9 thoughts on “Draw Near

  1. I love how the Lord teaches and shows and demonstrates His love, His truth, lessons in the experiences and circumstances of our days — thanks for sharing this — so good!

  2. Susie,
    First — I’m with you on unpleasant aromas! I can hardly concentrate on anything else if I’m near something pungent and I chalk it up to being one of those super-sensitive personalities (have you read about those? I may have the name a little wrong — but I certainly am one!!) And I just love watching the kids parade with palm branches at church on Palm Sunday. It always brought tears to my eyes to see my niece and nephew in the parade so I can only imagine how sweet your girl looked and how proud of her you were! 🙂

    But your words point us to God’s sacrifice for us and how abundant his love is for us! xoxo

    1. Hi Valerie 🙂 Yes this was quite unpleasant. We felt bad leaving but it was hard to bear- I just kept thinking how Jesus would not leave – He would love that person(if it was a person) and wash them clean- taking away the shame- just like he did for me.I love Palm Sunday- and the way Jesus loved children- and they loved Him- How approachable and fun He must have been. Children just know those kind of things I think and their responses are so pure. No wonder he wants us to be like them 🙂 sending a hug tonight!

  3. It’s amazing what ways God uses to teach us such spiritual lessons, isn’t it, Susie? You encourage my heart with your reflections of how God enters into and cleans up our messes and not even the stench of our sin is left. We are cleaned up and rescued 100% complete! Yes, God’s kindness is overwhelming. I would love to live “waving crazy like a rescued one” as your daughter showed. 🙂 Love and hugs, my friend!

  4. Hi Trudy- Yes I think it is amazing. I am so thankful that He is always at work bringing us closer to himself. I am so glad your heart was encouraged – That’s an answer to my prayers. I would love to live with such joy and in the reality of what he has done. I think everyday problems would feel so much lighter if I could keep the eternal stuff in mind. Love and hugs back 🙂

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