Mystery

The wisdom we speak of is the mystery of God (1 Corinthians 2:7; NLT).

I will worship at your Temple with deepest awe (Psalm 5:7; NLT).


Lord,
When I open my mind,
My heart,
And my soul
To your mystery,
I’m overwhelmed
With awe.

Sharing

There is one Lord … who is over all and in all and living through all (Ephesians 4:5-6; NLT).

All who live in love live in God, and God lives in them (1 John 4:16; NLT).

Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows (Isaiah 53:4; NIV).


Lord,
You live within
And through us all.
We’re part of you,
And you are part of us.

So you experience and share
Our joys and sorrows,
Our happiness and pain,
Our life, and death.

Contemplation

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

The God of peace will be with you (Philippians 4:9; NLT).

God is love (1 John 4:16; NIV).

O taste and see that the LORD is good (Psalm 34:8; KJV).

“He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever” (Revelation 21:4; NLT).


Lord,
Yours is a realm
Of infinite light,
Peace,
And love,
In which, one day,
We will unite
With you forever,
Far beyond the reach
Of death.

May I taste that realm
Today,
With you –
In quiet contemplation.

The way of love

Follow the way of love (1 Corinthians 14:1; NIV).

The gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult (Matthew 7:14; NLT).

Their wealth will not follow them into the grave (Psalm 49:17; NLT). 

Love is patient and kind (1 Corinthians 13:4; NLT).

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

 

God’s way of love is difficult,
Yet it’s the most rewarding path
Through life –
By far.

All other roads deceive us,
Promising wealth,
Or happiness,
Or power,
But leading nowhere
In the end,

Because these things
Can’t give meaning
Or fulfilment
To our lives.

So, Lord,
Please help me
To follow your way of love
Each day,
By being patient and kind
To everyone whose life I touch
In any way –
Without exception.

Through Jesus’ name,
Amen.

Anger

Speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15; NLT).

Be angry but do not sin (Ephesians 4:25-6; NRSV).

Pray for those who hurt you (Luke 6:28; NLT).

Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us (Luke 11:4; NLT).


Lord,
Some people
Casually trample my identity
Beneath their feet.

They call me by my husband’s name,
Or, worse still, ignore me totally,
Addressing him alone
About our joint concerns.

Help me to speak the truth
To them with love,
And though I’m angry,
Help me not to sin,

Praying for them, instead,
With pity
And forgiveness
In my heart.

Don’t speak to us!

“Don’t let God speak directly to us, or we will die!”  (Exodus 20:19; NLT).

“Today we have seen that God can speak to us humans, and yet we live!” (Deuteronomy 5:24; NLT).


Father,
During so many of our church services
We take great care to avoid
Even a single moment
Of genuine silence,
During which you might speak to us,
And we might hear your voice!

Love

Anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love (1 John 4:8; NLT).

“Love your neighbour as yourself” (Matthew 19:19; NLT).

“Love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!” (Matthew 5:44; NLT).

I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly (John 10:10; NRSV).


Lord,
Please fill every heart
Throughout this troubled world
With mercy,
Wisdom,
Generosity,
And love,
So all may live abundantly.