Contemplation

Contemplation

Our lives are in his hands
(Psalm 66:9; NLT).

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

Then Jesus shouted, “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!” And with those words he breathed his last
(Luke 23:46; NLT).


Father,
In contemplation,
I’m aware
Of your guiding hand
On my life,
And your everlasting arms
Beneath me.

Thank you so much
For all your love
And support,
No matter what befalls me –
In both life,
And death.

Through Jesus’ name,
Amen.

Contemplation

Contemplation

People are born for trouble as readily as sparks fly up from a fire (Job 5:7; NLT).

Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible” (Matthew 19:26; NLT).

…turn to the LORD your God with all your heart and soul (Deuteronomy 30:10; NLT).


Lord,
My mind is crowded
With troubled thoughts
And conflicting emotions –

Contemplation seems
Impossible.

Please help me
To put my worries aside,
And to turn to you
For the space
Of just one breath,
And then another,
And another –

For with you
Everything is possible.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

Praise

Praise

All who seek the LORD will praise him (Psalm 22:26; NLT).

“My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed (John 20:28; NLT).

The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised
(Job 1:21; NIV).

Should we accept only good things from the hand of God, and never anything bad?
(Job 2:10; NLT).

In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind (Job 12:10; NIV).

May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10; NLT).


My Lord and my God,
May your Holy Spirit
Help me to praise you –

In light and in darkness,
In good times and bad,
In pleasure and pain,
In health and in sickness,
In life and in death.

Father,
I am in your hands;
May your will
Be done on earth
And in my life,
As it is in heaven.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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The hands of God

The hands of God

It is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God (Hebrews 10:31; NLT).

God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all (1 John 1:5; NLT).

The Lord your God is a devouring fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; NLT).

I can never get away from your presence! (Psalm 139:7; NLT).

No wonder I am so terrified in his presence. When I think of it, terror grips me  (John 23:15; NLT).

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


Living God,
It is a terrible thing
To fall into your hands.

Your light
Blinds me.

Your fire
Burns me.

Your presence
Fills me with dread.

Your love
Overwhelms me.

Living God,
It is a terrible thing
To fall into your hands.

Save me!

Save me!

The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” (Matthew 8:25; NLT).

Our lives are in his hands (Psalm 66:9; NLT).

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

Then Jesus shouted, “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!” And with those words he breathed his last (Luke 23:46; NLT).


Lord, save me!
I’m going to drown!

Help me to cling to you
Day and night,
Until this storm is spent.

But even if I lose the strength
To cleave to you,
I know you will keep me
Safe in your arms
For evermore.

Father,
Into your hands
I commit my spirit.

Amen

More and less

More and less

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances
(1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NIV).

“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged” (Matthew 7:1-2; NLT).

Love your neighbour as yourself” (Luke 10:27; NLT).

 

Lord,
May I rejoice more,
And repine less;

Pray more,
And neglect you less;

Thank you more,
And forget less;

Love more,
And judge less.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

Empty and full

Empty and full

Remember how short my life is, how empty and futile this human existence!
(Psalm 89:47; NLT).

But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint
(Isaiah 40:31; NLT).


Lord,
Until a few weeks ago,
I used to call
The way I feel
When I’m tired and drained
Depressed.

Then, as time passed,
Self-pitying
Seemed more accurate.

Next, I recognised that
Flat
Was even better.

But now I know that
Empty
Is the perfect word.

Lord,
When I’m empty,
Help me to be patient –
Trusting in you,
And resting quietly,
While you fill me with new strength.

Then I will soar like an eagle again,
Run without weariness,
Walk, and not faint.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

Like and unlike

Like and unlike

For we do not have a great high priest who is unable to empathise with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet he did not sin (Hebrews 4:15; NLT).

And it was only right that he [God] should make Jesus, through his suffering, a perfect leader (Hebrews 2:10; NLT).

Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16; NLT).

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

 

Lord Jesus Christ,
Son of Man,
Thank you for your humanity –
For all the ways
You’re just like us:

You shared our birth;
Our hunger, thirst,
Temptation;
Our joy, pain,
Grief and anger;
Our loneliness,
Despair and death.

Lord Jesus Christ,
Son of God,
Thank you for your divinity –
For all the ways
You’re not like us at all:

Your sacred genesis;
Your knowledge, wisdom
And purity;
Your perfection, power,
Goodness and holiness;
Your love,
Courage and humility.

Thank you for being
The visible image
Of the invisible God,
So we can see his face
Reflected in your life.

Amen.

Love

Love 

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another” (John 13:34; NIV).

“Love your neighbour as yourself” (Mark 12:31; NLT).


Father,
Please help us
To set an example of love
In everything we think,
And say,
And do –
As Jesus did.

Amen.