“How many times, God, have we been told

that you are no stranger,

remote from those who call upon you in prayer!

O let us see, and know in our lives,

that those words are true.


Your word is near, O Lord our God,

your grace is near.

Come to us, then, with mildness and power.

Do not let us be deaf to you,

but make us receptive and open,

to Jesus Christ you son,

who comes to look for us and save us,

today and every day.”


From Huub Oosterhuis, Your word is near