Come Near To Me

“Then Elijah said to all the people, ‘Come near to me.'”  So all the people came near to him.  And he repaired the altar of the Lord, that was broken down.”  1 Kings 18:30

When my youngest gives me something to fix, she likes to watch me fix it as well.

Lord, may we come close enough to You today to realize You are working in all the broken places.  And here’s a simple poem . . .


Come near to Me and do not fear
that you’re too broken down

for I know just what to do
and I know just how

to gather up the pieces
restore and then restart

a place for you to worship Me
on the altar of your heart.


  1. Hi encouraging Debbie,

    It is wonderful to know, that I am never too broken down for the Lord to come nigh, and to fix all that is broken in me! Beautiful poem. I’m going to share it in my twitter stream! 🙂 Have a lovely day! Blessings and prayers!


  2. Oh, this is a beautiful and encouraging reflection & prayer. Thanks so much, Debbie, for this thought today. Peace, Angela

  3. Sometimes the timing of your posts amazes me. Thank you.


  4. Perfect.

  5. Thank you, Dearest Deb

    “Lord, may we come close enough to You today to realize You are working in all the broken places”
    Amen and amen!


  6. Thank you once again Deb for being such a blessing! 🙂

    Happy Valentine’s Day!!! 😀

  7. I love the simplicity of beauty of this poem.

  8. God bless you, praising Paulette, and your heart that beats right next to His! Happy Valentines Day! You are whole and healed in Jesus. love and prayers!

  9. Peace and love to you, sweet Angela! God bless you as you come near to Him today!

  10. Love and prayers, wonderful woman of the Word. 🙂 God bless you and keep you under His covering and love today. You are precious to Him and to us!

  11. God bless you, Larry, as He reveals His heart for you today! 🙂

  12. God bless you, Ann full of Jesus grace, and your heart for coming close to Him and worshiping. Still impacted by your post yesterday! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  13. God bless you, beautiful one, as He draws you near and says, “I love you!” today! Thank you and Happy Valentine’s Day to you too!

  14. God bless you, poet friend, and the beauty of Him in you! Happy Valentine’s Day to you and yours!

  15. to gather up the pieces
    restore and then restart
    What a perfect Valentine sent by Him via my dear sweet sister.
    Blessings and joy to you today, my friend!

  16. I love how He doesn’t just ask us to come near, He also draws near! Amazing, humbling thought and the best ‘Valentine’ that our God reaches down from Heaven to touch our lives – all the good, bad and inbetween – rescues and restores us, just because He loves us! Bless you Deb and Happy Valentines!

  17. “I love how He doesn’t just ask us to come near, He also draws near!” Love your comment! 🙂 God bless you!

  18. Love you, gracious Debbie! I didn’t really plan this for Valentine’s Day . . .but He must have. 🙂 God bless you and hug you for me today!
    p.s. I love the sister status! So much fun, since I had all brothers growing up . .. sweet brothers, not complaining . . .just enjoying Him bringing me sisters now! thank you for adopting me!

  19. He is the best Valentine and His love is like no other! God bless you, sweet Aimee, as you bless us . . .always so encouraging and comforting and saying just what we need to hear. love and prayers!

    Thank you, praising Paulette, as you live so thankful for His love and nearness to you. 🙂

  20. Oh, Sis–this is my new fave of yours–a Wonderful, simple loving poem!! Thank you so much for setting a place at the altar of this congregation–for everyone to receive HIS love. God bless you Big!

  21. Amen, reminds me of Jeremiah 18…the Potters House.
    God Bless You

  22. I went to read that Paul . . .thank you! You have me thinking about that pot that he was making from clay that was marred in his hands. 🙂 So thankful that I am in His hands now!
    God bless you and restore you as you worship Him tonight.

  23. And thank you for sharing me on your twitter stream. You are so kind and sweet hearted! love you!

  24. Truly inspired. You are so blessed to have the Lord inspire you to write these “simple poems” which challenge, encourage and bless us. Thank you Debbie for your availablility to Him and your willingness to be used by Him.

    He has picked up the pieces and mended them so many times in my life, that I would consider myself beyond repair was it not for the fact that we are repaired by the omnipotent Creator God. What great love He has to move Him to do this!

    What an amazing God!

  25. Okay, about the WordPress Photo Challenge of the week: (Regret) photo you commented on my site about .,. No one has gotten it yet, and would probably take a fellow guitar player to see it…I wont give it away on my site yet…because, frankly, I can’t believe no one has gotten it. But, just for you…and don’t tell anyone… I wont keep you in suspense any longer…My “Regret” photo…is”Drum Roll””””’
    A broken “E” string…dagnabit…☺
    Bless You

  26. I promise I won’t tell!!! But, I am giggling about the dagnabit! I’m not a guitar player, but used to get strings for my brother when he couldn’t find any place close by him to get them from! Thank you for letting me know. Now I can relax my brain cells . . .until the next challenge. 🙂

  27. Sis Caddo Delight, I’m so glad you were blessed. 🙂 I love the way you show His love here and everywhere. Thank you for being such a beautiful ambassador of His. love and prayers and happy valentine’s day to you, beloved of the KIng!

  28. Dear Mentor Angela . . .I figure I’ll know when He wants me to stop doing this, because then these simple poems just won’t come anymore. But as long as they do . . .well, here I am. haha! For better or worse.
    Your comment reminded me of another poem I’d written, before I started blogging.


    As broken pots and vessels
    scattered, still we lay
    we pick up the pieces
    but find they won’t stay.

    Break us more, Lord Jesus
    make us into something new
    to be filled up and poured out
    by the will of You.

    God bless you and your love for your amazing God!
    love and prayers for you and yours!

  29. Debbie that speaks volumes about the way the Lord deals with us day by day. Thank you.

    What a horrible mess I would be now without Him and His constant work in me. No matter how diligently I try to ‘pick up the pieces’ I fail, but He has made me new time and time again . . . and wonder of wonders, He, the almighty, Creator God, chooses to actually USE me!

    What a truly, incredibly, amazing God!

  30. Oh Deb,
    This got me crying. Sometimes my body feels broken and oh, so vulnerable. Thank you for reminding me that God will “restore and restart” my body, in honor of Him who died for me. Bless you, my darling friend!
    love from your Bee

  31. Beautiful Bee, you have me crying too. So hard to know the pain you are in and how you feel so broken and vulnerable. I see Him already restoring you and you certainly have given Him your heart as a place of worship. love you sweet friend! God bless you as you come near to Him today!

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