Contemplation

Contemplation

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer (Psalm 19:14; NLT).

“If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he will joyfully carry it home on his shoulders” (Luke 15:4-5; NLT).

“You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind” (Luke 10:27; NLT).


Father,
I want to fix
My heart and soul
On you,
In contemplation.

But my mind
Strays off repeatedly,
Wandering far away,
Despite my good intent.

Please help me
To gather up my thoughts,
And bring them gently back
Each time,
As Jesus would,
So I can concentrate on you
With all my strength.

In his dear name,
Amen.

Worship

Worship

And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6; NIV).

“You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind” (Luke 10:27; NLT).


Wonderful Counsellor,
My great one,
I  praise you
With all my strength.

Almighty God,
My dear one,
I honour you
With all my mind.

Everlasting Father,
My perfect one,
I love you
With all my heart.

Prince of Peace,
My glorious one,
I worship you
With all my soul.

Contemplation

Contemplation

Sing to him a new song; play skilfully and shout for joy
(Psalm 33:3; NIV).

David was dancing before the Lord with all his might
(2 Samuel 6:14; NIV).

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him
(Psalm 37:7; NIV).

Be silent before the Sovereign LORD
(Zephaniah 1:7; NIV).


Lord,
I wish I could leap,
And dance,
And sing for joy
Before you.

But I can only
Lift my mind
And heart
And soul,
To worship you
In stillness,
And in silence.

Prayer

Prayer 

“If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. I will be found by you,” says the LORD (Jeremiah 29:13-14; NLT).

“ ‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’  And, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself’ ” (Luke 10:27; NLT).


Lord,
May your Holy Spirit
Help me –

To seek you
With all my mind,

Love you
With all my heart,

Praise you
With all my soul,

And serve you
With all my strength.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

Meaning

Meaning

For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit (Romans 14:17; NLT).

“If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. I will be found by you,” says the LORD (Jeremiah 29:13-14; NLT).

“ ‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’  And, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself’ ” (Luke 10:27; NLT).


Lord,
Luxuries and treats
Can’t lift our state of mind
For long;

Shopping and consumer goods
Can’t make our lives
Worthwhile;

For meaning comes
Through seeking you
Wholeheartedly –

And loving
Other people
As ourselves.

Illness

Illness

“If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me” (Luke 9:23; NLT).

Lord,
Please help us
To face illness
Without denial,
Self-pity,
Or bitterness.

May we embrace it
As a valued part of life –
Our training-ground,
Our discipline,
Our cross.

May we accept it,
And adapt to it,
Learning all we can,
Then helping others
To do the same.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

God who sees me

God who sees me

“You are the God who sees me” (Genesis 16:13; NIV).

I love the LORD because he hears my voice (Psalm 116:1; NLT).

O LORD, you have examined my heart and know everything about me
(Psalm 139:1; NLT).

LORD, you are the God who saves me (Psalm 88:1; NIV).

“I am the LORD, who heals you” (Exodus 15:27; NIV).

For he loves us with unfailing love (Psalm 117:2; NLT).

He ransoms me and keeps me safe (Psalm 55:18; NLT).

Send out your light and your truth; let them guide me. Let them lead me to your holy mountain, to the place where you live
(Psalm 43:3; NLT).


God who sees me,
And who hears me,

God who knows me,
And who saves me,

God who heals me,
And who loves me –

Keep me safe,
And guide me home.