Pain

 

Lord, I’ve got a migraine, yet again…

Pain for the sake of pain
Can seem so pointless,

Yet illness may be borne
In different ways:

With anger, deep resentment,
Or self-pity;

With patience, peace, acceptance –
Even praise.

So, may I suffer willingly, 
As you did, 

For sickness 
Is a sacred invitation

To bear my cross
While pleading, Lord, for others,

And pray for them,
While sharing in their pain. 

 

References 

Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows (John 16:33; NLT).

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

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-3; NRSV).

If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine (Matthew 26:39; NLT).

Take up your cross daily, and follow me (Luke 9:23; NLT).

 

Miracles of healing

 

Bring miracles of healing
From this cancer,

Not for myself, 
But those I’ve hurt, dear Lord; 

So when I say, “My fault”,
They will forgive me, 

And we’ll be reconciled, 
Our love restored. 

 

References

God publicly endorsed Jesus the Nazarene by doing powerful miracles, wonders, and signs through him (Acts 2:22; NLT).

If you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift (Matthew 5:23-4; NIV).

Everlasting light

 

Holy Spirit,
Fill us,

Dwell in us, 
And help us;

Guide us to Christ’s truth, 
His way, his life.

Holy Spirit,
Comfort us,

Counsel us;
Encourage us;

Lead us to God’s 
Everlasting light.

 

References 

Be filled the Holy Spirit (Luke 10:21; NLT).

Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16; NKJV).

The Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness (Romans 8:26; NLT).

When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth (John 16:13; NLT).

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6; NLT).

He will give you another Advocate [Comforter, Encourager, Counsellor], who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth (John 14:16-17; NLT). 

The Lord your God will be your everlasting light (Isaiah 60:19; NLT).

You shine

 

You shine with a light 
No human eye can bear.

You speak with a voice
No human ear can hear.

You love with a depth
No human heart can share.  

You are the God
All human souls should fear. 

 

References

He lives in light so brilliant that no human can approach him. No human eye has ever seen him, nor ever will (1 Timothy 6:16; NLT).

God speaks again and again, though people do not recognise it (Job 33:14; NLT).

God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16; NLT).

Fear God, who has the power to kill you and then throw you into hell. Yes, he’s the one to fear (Luke 12:5; NLT).

Today and evermore

 

We know that you are love,
Lord God,

And those
Who live in love

Will live in you, 
And you in them

Today,
And evermore. 

So, may we live 
In ceaseless love 

For you, and all the world, 
Lord God,

With thanks, with joy, 
With constant prayer,

Today,
And evermore.

 

References

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

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12.9; NLT).

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NIV). 

God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16; NLT). 

May I serve you

 

Lord,

May I serve you
Every day
In all I think, and do,
And say;

In how I bear 
My suffering,
And how I praise, 
Rejoice, and pray.  

I ask this 
Through the Holy One  
Who died for us –
Your only Son. 

 

References 

Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only (Luke 4:8; NIV).

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NIV).

The baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God (Luke 1:35; NLT).  

God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16; NLT). 

No need

 

I have no need to ask you
“Lord, why me?”

For you have reasons 
I can never guess. 

I have no impulse, Lord, 
To doubt your love;

You have a plan,    
So my heart is at rest. 

I have no urge 
To crave a miracle;

You have a purpose;
May your will be done. 

I have no motive, Lord,
To make complaint,

For you bring good from all things,
Through your Son. 

 

References

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine” (Isaiah 55:8; NLT).

The Lord will work out his plans for my life (Psalm 138:8; NLT).

I want your will to be done, not mine (Matthew 26:39; NLT).

We know that all things work together for good for those who love God (Romans 8:28; NRSV). 

Another step

 

Lord, 
May we take another step
Towards you every day,
By seeing you in all we meet,
And following your way.

Lord, 
May we take another step
Towards you every day,
By loving you in all we meet,
And following your way.

Lord, 
May we take another step
Towards you every day,
By serving you in all we meet,
And following your way.

 

References

Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help you?’  And he will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me’ (Matthew 25:44-45; NLT).

Follow me (Luke 9:23; NLT).

I am the way (John 14:6; NLT).

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

Love ye therefore the stranger (Deuteronomy 10:19; KJV).

You, too, must show love to foreigners (Deuteronomy 10:19; NLT).

Love your enemies (Matthew 5:44; NIV).

Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all (Mark 9:35; NIV).

A vagrant

 

Christ our Lord, 
A vagrant
With no beauty in man’s sight;

Christ our Lord,
Despite your rags
You wear a robe of light;

Christ our Lord,
God’s only Son,
Who heals, forgives, and saves;

Christ our Lord,
You suffered death for us,
Your willing slaves.

 

References

He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him (Isaiah 53:2; NIV).

He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light (Matthew 17:2; NIV).

He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies (Psalm 103:2-4; NLT).

Whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else (Mark 10:44; NLT).

Night fears

 

With every fearful breath, Lord God, 
I turn to you again, again,

Beseeching you to help me face
This cup of suffering and pain.

Then, Lord, you take me in your arms, 
And show me Christ, your Son, your Son,  

Till I share his acceptance, Lord, 
And pray, Your will be done. 

 

References

They went to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and Jesus said, “Sit here while I go and pray” (Mark 14:32; NLT).

He was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood (Luke 22:44; NLT).

Shall I not drink from the cup of suffering the Father has given me? (John 18:11; NLT).

The eternal God is your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you (Deuteronomy 33:27; NLT).

This grace […] has now been revealed through the appearing of our Saviour, Christ Jesus (2 Timothy 1:9-10; NIV).

Your will be done (Matthew 6:10; NLT).