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- n. The state of being near.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The state or quality of being near; -- used in the various senses of the adjective.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or fact of being near, in any sense; proximity; imminence.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the spatial property resulting from a relatively small distance
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On the other hand, I feel so clearly a certain nearness, spiritually and psychologically, to Henry Stuartwell, I guess there is even an emotional counterpart, too.
Other times, it brings hurt, because that nearness is not near enough.
But that nearness is better than farness I know: 122
It is, in short, nearness to God -- the blessed assurance which God Himself can alone give that He is there, whatever our cold doubts may say -- that the everlasting arms are around us, even when we do not feel their quiet and strong embrace.
(Jer 3: 1, 3; Eze 23: 35), is contrasted with his, who finds happiness in nearness to God (Jas 4: 8), and his delightful work the declaration of
The self-discipline that had kept her upright and functioning deserted her, as though his nearness was a drug so potent it robbed her bones of stuffing and reduced her to limp surrender.
With that animal instinct of nearness, which is neither sight, nor smell, my favorite broncho put forward his ears and whinnied sharply.
He was like a child coming back to the sense of an enveloping presence: her nearness was a breast on which he leaned.
And this communion in walking especially consists in that communication of the spirit with God in prayer, this is the nearest and sweetest approach when the soul is lifted up to God, and is almost out of itself in him, and this being the ordinary exercise and motion of the soul, it exceedingly advances in the first point of nearness, that is, in conformity with God.
As God desired nearness to us so also human hearts across the ages also have desired God's nearness, which is why Saint Augustine wrote in his "Confessions," "Thou has made us for thyself and our heart is restless until it rests in Thee."