We’re dying

A wise person thinks a lot about death (Ecclesiastes 7:4; NLT).

Teach us to realise the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom (Psalm 90:12; NLT).

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

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Lord,
We’re dying –

Sick or well,
Death comes a little closer
To us all
Each day.

Please help us
To fix our hearts on you
Until life’s end,

When we will reunite
With you
For evermore.

In your hands

He himself gives life and breath to everything (Acts 17:25; NLT).

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

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Long or short,
Sick or well,

Blithe or sad,
Good or bad –

Our lives
Are in your hands,
Lord God,

Our lives
Are in your hands.

Inner peace

Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you (Matthew 5:44; NIV).

Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us (Luke11:4; NLT).

I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give (John 14:27; NLT).

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Each day, I pray for those
Who’ve hurt or damaged me,
Forgiving them afresh;

And I’ll do this, Lord,
Until the hurt is healed,
And all the damage overcome,

For then
I will have inner peace,
At last.

Forgive afresh

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

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Lord,
I forgive afresh
Each day
All those who’ve hurt me,

And ask afresh
That you’ll
Forgive me, too.

You are all

My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9; NLT).

I am nothing but dust and ashes (Genesis 18:27; NIV).

I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End (Revelation 22:13, NLT).

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Lord,
I can be just as I am
With you,
And that’s okay.

I can be empty, Lord,
And you don’t mind.

I can be weak,
For you work best
Through weakness.

And I can be nothing, Lord,
For you are all.

Unfailing love

My Father’s house has many rooms (John 14:2; NIV).

The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made (Psalm 145:9; NIV).

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

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Lord,
You are the infinite
Everlasting God,

Who gives us endless room
For exploration,

Who has ten thousand names
Around the world,

And cares for all
With deep, unfailing love.

Elijah

[Elijah] went into a cave […] and the word of the Lord came to him (1 Kings 19:9; NIV).

And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper (1 Kings 19:12; NLT).

Listen to his voice (Deuteronomy 13:4; NLT).

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

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

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Lord God,
Despite the passage
Of so many years

Since the holy, Hebrew prophet
Heard your voice,

We, too, still hear your whisper
In our hearts,

When we seek you out
In silent contemplation.

Silent prayer

No one has ever seen God (John 1:18; NLT).

I can’t even imagine the greatness of his power (Job 37:5; NLT).

Your own ears will hear him (Isaiah 30:21; NLT).

After the fire a still small voice (1 Kings 19:12; KJV).

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

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

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Lord,
Our eyes can’t see you,
Nor can our words
Describe your greatness,
Or your power;

But our ears can hear
Your precious, still, small voice,
And our hearts can receive
Your love, in silent prayer.

Hidden

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

He shrouded himself in darkness (2 Samuel 22:12; NLT).

Though he was God […] he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being (Philippians 2:6-7; NLT).

The Spirit is truth (1 John 5:6; NKJV).

Your real life is hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3; NLT).

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

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Father,
You are light,
Shrouded in darkness.

Jesus,
You are God,
Veiled in human form.

Spirit,
You are truth,
Hidden within us all.

Peace

Oh, that you had heeded my commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river (Isaiah 48:18; NKJV).

May the Lord […] give you his peace (Numbers 6: 26; NLT).

The Lord pours down his blessings (Psalm 85:12; NLT).

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Lord God,
May peace,
Repentance,
Healing,
Light,
And love
Flood every heart
Throughout the world
Today.