Spiritual darkness

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

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

For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face
(1 Corinthians 13:12; NRSV).

 

Father,
Even if I spend
My whole life
In spiritual darkness,

Never hearing your voice,
Or experiencing
Your presence,

I’ll keep on seeking you,
And trying to serve
Your kingdom,

Until I see you,
Face to face, at last,
Beyond my death.

Death and life

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

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

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

Lord,
At death, I’ll leave behind
My flesh and bones,

But my spirit will return
To you who gave it,

Merging with
Your oceanic love,

From which you brought me,
Long ago, to birth.

So tired

Come to me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens (Matthew 11:28; NLT).

I am too distressed even to pray (Psalm 77:4; NLT).

The Spirit… intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words (Romans 8:26; NRSV).


Lord,
People are suffering all around me,
But I’m so tired and burdened
That I can’t even pray.

So, may your Holy Spirit
Intercede for them on my behalf,
With sighs too deep for words,

While I wait patiently on you,
In stillness,
And in silence.

The royal law

Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2; NLT).

If you really fulfil the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbour as yourself,” you are doing well (James 2:8; NIV).

Return, O my soul, to your rest (Psalm 116:7; NLT).


Lord God,
No matter what this day may bring,
Please help us to fulfil your royal law,
By bearing one another’s loads
As best we can,
Till we return
To rest with you
In sleep.

Lord God,
No matter what this life may bring,
Please help us to fulfil your royal law,
By bearing one another’s loads
As best we can,
Till we return
To rest with you
In death.

Amen.

Enlightenment

The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world (John 1:9; NRSV).

You will free the captives from prison, releasing those who sit in dark dungeons (Isaiah 42:7; NLT).

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed (John 8:36; NIV).

Lord,
Thank you that
Your Son came
To enlighten us –

Setting us free
To think for ourselves,
And make up our own minds;

Releasing us
To discover and explore you
For ourselves;

Encouraging us
To change and grow
Throughout our lives;

And helping each of us
To build o
ur own relationship
With you.

Sighs

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words (Romans 8:26; NRSV).

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

Lord,
My thanks and praise,
Apologies,
And prayers for others
Are so weak.

May your Holy Spirit
Pray on my behalf,
With sighs too deep
For words –
While I keep silence.

Like you

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

Put on your new nature, created to be like God (Ephesians 4:24; NLT).

Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do (Ephesians 5:1; NLT).

“Love your neighbour as yourself” (James 2:8; NLT).


My Father,
You are love.

Please help me
To grow more and more
Like you –

Wiser,
Braver,
Kinder,
More mature;

More full of love
For others,
And myself.

Through your Son’s name,
Amen.