Healing

Think of it – the Lord is ready to heal me!
(Isaiah 38:20; NLT). 

Yahweh, the Almighty,
Heal my wayward mind.
May all my thoughts reflect your love,
Then, Lord, I will be kind.

Adonai, my Master,
Heal my wilful heart.
May all I do reveal your love,
Then, Lord, sin will depart.

Ruach, Holy Spirit,
Heal my fragile soul.
May all my words express your love,
Then, Lord, I will be whole.

Eloheynu, You are One,
Heal me; make me new.
May all my life display your love,
Then, Lord, I’ll be like you.

🖤

God is love (1 John 4:8; NLT).

Put on your new nature, and be renewed
as you learn to know your Creator
and become like him (Colossians 3:10; NLT). 

The Lord – who is the Spirit – makes us more and more like him
as we are changed into his glorious image (2 Corinthians 3:18; NLT).


Love

Let love be your highest goal.
(1 Corinthians 14:1; NLT).

1. Love, repentance, faith:
Each day
May these form
My narrow way.

2. Love, forgiveness, patience,
Prayer:
May these be
My constant care.

3. Love, rejoicing, kindness,
Peace:
May my striving
Never cease.

4. Love in thought, and word,
And deed:
May your life
Become my creed.

🖤

Jesus told him,
“I am the way, the truth, and the life.”
(John 14:6; NLT).

Three things will last forever – faith, hope, and love –
and the greatest of these is love.
(1 Corinthians 13:13; NLT).

 


I am nothing

I am nothing (Job 40:4; NLT).

1. I am nothing;
You are fire:
Father,
Set my soul ablaze.

2. I am nothing;
You are love:
Jesus,
Fill my heart with praise.

3. I am nothing;
You are peace:
Spirit,
May I speak with care.

4. I am nothing;
You are truth:
Father,
Flood my life with prayer.

5. I am nothing;
You are light:
Jesus,
Let me shine anew.

6. I am nothing;
You are all:
Spirit,
Make me more like you.

🧡

God is Spirit (John 4:24; NLT).

The Lord – who is the Spirit – makes us more and more like him
as we are changed into his glorious image.
(2 Corinthians 3:18; NLT).



References

1. God is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; NIV).

2. God is love (1 John 4:8; NLT).

3. The Lord is peace (Judges 6:24; NLT). 

4. The Spirit is truth (1 John 5:6; NKJV).

5. God is light (1 John 1:5; NLT).

6. Christ is all, and is in all (Colossians 3:11; NIV).

When everything is subject to Christ, then the Son himself will also be subject to the one who subjected everything to him, so that God may be all in all (1 Corinthians 15:28; CSB).

 


 

No longer (for K.B.)

The eternal God is your refuge,
and his everlasting arms are under you.
(Deuteronomy 33:27; NLT).

1. Abba,
When I can no longer cling to you
With all my might,
Take me in your loving arms, Lord,
Carry me,
And hold me tight.

2. Abba,
When I can no longer hear your voice
Or see your face,
Pardon all my sins and faults, Lord,
Pity me,
And end my race.

3. Abba,
When I can no longer serve you,
And my exile here is done,
Leave my body far behind, Lord,
Marry me,
And make us one.

🖤

Whoever is united with the Lord
is one with him in spirit.
(1 Corinthians 6:17; NIV).

 


References

1. Cling tightly to the Lord your God (Joshua 23:8; NLT).

Praise the Lord; praise God our saviour! For each day he carries us in his arms (Psalm 68:19; NLT). 

2. They will hear my voice (John 10:16; NKJV). 

They will see his face (Revelation 22:4; NLT).

He forgives all my sins (Psalm 103:2; NLT).

Have pity on me, according to the abundance of thy kindness (Nehemiah 13:22; YLT).

The Lord gives both life and death (1 Samuel 2:6; NLT).

“I have had enough, Lord,” he said.  “Take my life” (1 Kings 19:4; NLT).

I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me – the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace (Acts 20:24; NIV). 

3. Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only (Luke 4:8; NIV).

You will soon return from exile (Lamentations 4:22; NLT).

The dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; NIV).

God will rejoice over you as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride (Isaiah 62:5; NLT).

I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one (John 17:22; NLT).

 


 

Consequences

You did not reflect on your actions or think about their consequences.
(Isaiah 47:7; NLT). 

There will be wave on wave
Of plague,
Until we’ve realised
Everything it has to teach
About our own shortsightedness,
Our foolishness,
Our selfishness
And greed.

There will be wave on wave
Of plague,
Until we’ve suffered
Everything it has to show
About our basic unity,
Our kinship,
Our fragility
And need.

There will be wave on wave
Of plague,
Until we’ve tackled
Everything it has to say
About our deep unwillingness
To lend, give, share,
Co-operate,
And care.

🖤

Right now you have plenty and can help those who are in need.
Later, they will have plenty and can share with you when you need it.
In this way, things will be equal.
(2 Corinthians 8:14; NLT).

 


Like God, like me

Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.
(Colossians 1:15; NLT).

He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have.
(Romans 8:3; NLT).

Like God, like me,
But free from sin,

Living, loving,
Deep within,

Jesus Christ,
My Shepherd King:

You make my soul
Rejoice and sing!

🧡

My lips shall shout for joy!
My soul, which you have redeemed, sings praises to you!
(Psalm 71:23; HNV).

 


Through darkness

He lit up the way before me
and I walked safely through the darkness.
(Job 29:3; NLT). 

Jesus,
Help us when we falter:
May we share your steadfast faith.
Lead us when we walk through darkness:
Show us, Lord, your narrow way.

Jesus,
Help us when we stumble:
May we share your constant hope.
Guide us when we live through darkness:
Teach us, Lord, your truth today.

Jesus,
Help us when we suffer:
May we share your changeless love.
Hold us when we pass through darkness:
Give us, Lord, new life, we pray.

🖤

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
(Psalm 23:4; KJV).

Love each other deeply with all your heart. For you have been born again, but not to a life that will quickly end. Your new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God.
(1 Peter 1:22-3; NLT).

 


 

Life is short

How frail is humanity! How short is life, how full of trouble!
(Job 14:1; NLT).

No one can live forever; all will die.
(Psalm 89:48; NLT).

Life is short;
From birth, I face its end.
Life is hard,
But I am in your hand.
Life is a test,
Yet you, Lord, care from on high:
Sharing my sorrows;
Hearing every sigh.

Life is short,
And death is drawing near.
Life is hard,
But I am safe, with you.
Life is a test,
Yet you, Lord, come from above:
Sharing my anguish;
Pouring out your love.

Life is short;
My days are numbered here.
Life is hard,
But I need have no fear.
Life is a test,
Yet you, Lord, suffer within:
Sharing my pain, my failure,
And my sin.

Life is short;
My time on earth is brief.
Life is hard,
But I belong to you.
Life is a test,
Yet you, Lord, dwell in my soul:
Sharing my life and death,
To make me whole.

🖤

He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that made us whole, and with his stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5; RSV).

 


In your hands

I trust in you, Lord; I say, “You are my God.”
My times are in your hands.

(Psalm 31:14-15; NIV).

Lord,

1. Before you form us all,
Our souls are in your hands,

2. And as you give us birth, Lord,
You keep us in your hands.

3. While we live in exile,
You bear us in your hands,

4. And, when we are dying,
You hold us in your hands.

5. Then, beyond our death, Lord,
We never leave your hands,

6. So, no matter what we face,
We’re always in your hands.

♥️

Whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.
(Romans 14:8; NIV).

 


References 

1. I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1:5; NLT).

2. The life of every living creature and the spirit in every human body are in his hands (Job 12:10; GWT). 

3. In all their affliction He was afflicted, and the Angel of His Presence saved them; in His love and in His pity He redeemed them; and He bore them and carried them (Isaiah 63:9; NKJV). 

My future is in your hands (Psalm 31:15; NLT). 

4. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me (Psalm 23:4; KJV). 

Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands (Luke 23:46; NLT). 

5. The dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; NIV).

6. I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow – not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below – indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38-9; NLT).

 


 

Praying for others

Never stop praying, especially for others (Ephesians 6:18; CEV). 

Every day, when I post my blog, I pray for those who will read it, for those who will only glance at it, for those who won’t be exposed to any prayers, and for those who don’t believe in God. This can sometimes feel like a heavy task, because of my ongoing illness and fatigue, so I’m wondering if any readers might like to share it. 

One way to do this would be to develop the habit of praying briefly for others just before, or after, reading each new blog.

Here is a short, lighthearted poem that could be used:

Praying for others 

Bless all those who read this prayer,
And all those, Lord, who don’t.

Bless those who will pray today,
And all those, Lord, who won’t.

Bless those who can grasp your love,
And all those, Lord, who can’t.

Bless those who are seeking you,
And all those, Lord, who aren’t.

Alternatively, some readers might prefer to use their own words:

  • Pray for those who visit this website. Ask God to bless them, and to enable them to find something here that helps them.
  • Pray for those who glance at the day’s prayer, but dismiss it immediately.
  • Pray for those who never pray, and for all who don’t believe in God. Ask him to bring back those who have strayed, and to draw many new believers to himself each day.

Whatever the approach, I would deeply appreciate any prayers said for those who visit this website, and for the countless millions who don’t.