Jesus himself testified that a prophet has no honour in his own country (John 4:44; RSV).

So Herod put John in prison (Luke 3:20; NLT).

The soldier beheaded John in the prison (Mark 6:27; NLT).

Then they led him away to be crucified (Mark 15:20; NLT).


May every government
Throughout the world
Accept its most prophetic citizens,

Instead of trying to silence them –
In prison,
Or in death.


In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1; NLT).

I am the Lord, who made all things (Isaiah 44:24; NLT).

The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away (Job 1:21; NIV).

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

Is anything worth more than your soul? (Matthew 16:26; NLT).

Every single thing I have,
Including even my body,

Is made from the materials
You provide,

And will be taken from me
In the end,

Except my soul –
Which will return

To reunite with you,
The One who gave it.


Give your burdens to the Lord and he will take care of you (Psalm 55:22; NLT).

Jesus said, “Come to me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light” (Matthew 11:28-30; NLT).

I give you all my
Heavy burdens,
Gladly accepting
Your lighter ones

Step by step

Keep on seeking, and you will find (Matthew 7:7; NLT).

The kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:21; KJV).

You are the temple of the living God (2 Corinthians 6:16; NLT).

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



During contemplation,
I seek you step by step.

One –
I notice how my body feels,
And then relax.

Two –
I explore the worries in my mind,
Then set them all aside.

Three –
I face the emotions in my heart,
Then let them go.

And four –
I reach the temple of my soul,
Where I unite with you.



Living God

They seem to think that God is dead (Psalm 10:4; NLT).

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

He is the living God (Jeremiah 10:10; NLT).

Some of us believe
You don’t exist,
Or that you’re dead.

So we no longer
Listen for your voice,
Or look for you
Within the natural world;

Or try to find you
In all those we meet,
Or seek you
Deep in our heart and soul.

But once we’ve given up
All exploration,
How will we ever find you,
Living God?


Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem (Luke 24:13; NLT).

Then their eyes were opened and they recognised him (Luke 24:31; NLT).

He lives in us (1 John 3:24; NLT).

He will reply, ‘Truly, I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me’ (Matthew 25:45; NIV).


Lord God,
On our Emmaus path
Through life,
How often do we walk
With those who seem like strangers,
Failing to recognise
Your presence
Deep within them?

The temple

You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God (Matthew 16:16; NLT).

Christ lives within you (Romans 8:10; NLT).

Three days later they finally discovered him in the Temple (Luke 2:46; NLT).

You are the temple of the living God (2 Corinthians 6:16; NLT).


Lord Jesus Christ,
Son of the living God,
I close my eyes,
Leaving the world behind,
And looking deep within myself,
Where I find you
In the temple
Of my soul.