Late last night, in the earliest hours of the morning, I wrote a poem in memory of my brother who passed away. It was just after midnight that my thoughts lingered, wide awake reflecting on God’s grace and His ultimate gift of salvation. Since my brother’s passing, I’ve thought of salvation—glorious eternity with the Lord—in an even deeper, more personal way than ever before. For you see, now Heaven is no longer “just” the place of glory that I know I will be one day… it is now the place I imagine in my mind, a place where my brother now enjoys all its splendor, and where my brother now lives in the presence of Jesus Christ Himself!
More and more often I imagine what being present with Christ must be like… to be engulfed in God’s love and peace so completely, and as I reflect on these things I smile. I realize now that I more intimately understand… the extent of the grace that God has given us when he offered His gift of salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ.
The comfort, joy, and peace that swell in my heart at the thought of such a gift, is even more momentous to me now than ever before…So, with immense gratitude, I wrote this poem for my God and in loving memory of my brother, thanking the Lord for “The Nearness of His Grace”.
“The Nearness of His Grace”
By: Ashley Lynch-Harris
As You wrap my brother into Your arms
You welcome once more a father’s son
As my grief is eclipsed by Your love undefined
I more intimately grasp the grace of why Christ died
For though in my flesh I fall and I fall
My heart and soul rise
Because of Your merciful call
For you exchanged the stench of our dust and our ashes
For splendid robes and glorious, eternal passage