Breast cancer, mastectomy,, Faith, hope, love, God, Prayer

Does a baby bless its parents?

 

Does a baby bless its parents?
Does a tree thank rain, or earth?

In the same way, we, your offspring,
Disregard you from our birth.

Does a fish believe in water?
Does a bird have faith in air?

In the same way, we, your children,
Take for granted all your care.

Does a mountain know its maker?
Does a river sense its source? 

In the same way, we, your people,
Shrug you off without remorse.

Does the world revere your body?
Does mankind extol your blood?

In the same way, we, your dear ones,
Fail to recognise your love. 

 

References

The fool says in his heart, “There is no God” (Psalm 14:1; NIV).

The Lord must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion (Isaiah 30:18; NLT).

They have eyes to see but do not see (Ezekiel 12:2; NIV).

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

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Comfort and strength

 

Lord, 

Comfort me,
And give me strength,

To face the trials
I must bear;

And may I comfort 
Others, too,

And strengthen them,
When they must share 

The suffering 
None can avoid –  

So we may grow 
Like you.

 

References 

He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us (2 Corinthians 1:4, NLT).

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

Comfort each other (1 Thessalonians 5:11; NKJV).

Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2; NLT).

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

We will be like him (1 John 3:2; NLT).

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How you care!

 

Lord, 

How you care!
Help me to share.

Water and blood
Show me your love.

May my heart burn!
So much to learn.

Water to wine;
Your soul in mine.

 

References

Walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us (Ephesians 5:2; NIV).

One of the soldiers, however, pierced his side with a spear, and immediately blood and water flowed out (John 19:34; NLT).

Didn’t our hearts burn within us as he talked with us? (Luke 24:32; NLT).

He came to Cana, where he had turned the water into wine (John 4:46; NLT).

This is the secret: Christ lives in you (Colossians 1:27; NLT).

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When we want to talk about ourselves

 

Lord,
When we want to talk about ourselves,
Remind us others may have problems, too,
So we can ask, and listen,
Just like you.

Lord,
When we feel sorry for ourselves,
Remind us others may be suffering, too,
So we can ask, and comfort them,
Like you.

Lord,
When we crave support just for ourselves,
Remind us others may need cheering too,
So we can ask, and strengthen them,
Like you.

Lord,
When we long for love to come our way,
Remind us others may feel lonely, too,
So we can ask, and love them,
Just like you.

 

References

How frail is humanity! How short is life, how full of trouble (Job 14:1; NLT).

They suffer painfully; their life is full of trouble (Job 14:22; NLT).

When Jesus heard them, he stopped and called, “What do you want me to do for you?” (Matthew 20:32; NLT).

Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2; NLT).

Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn (Romans 12:15).

In all their suffering he also suffered (Isaiah 63:9; NLT).

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When we return

 

Lord, 

When we return to you   
In death, 

The bad things we have thought, 
And done, and said

Will be devoured 
By your raging fire,     

Destroyed, forgotten,
Just as you desire.

Then you will welcome
All in us that’s good,

Uniting us with you,
For you are Love.

 

References

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

The Lord your God is a devouring fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; NLT).

I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins (Jeremiah 31:34; NLT).

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

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

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Hot sweats and chills

Today’s prayer is intended for use by those suffering from hot sweats, which often alternate with periods of extreme coldness. This constant temperature cycle is a very unpleasant, wearisome and disruptive symptom of the menopause, some cancer treatments, and a number of major illnesses. The idea is to turn each sweat and chill into a cue for prayer, initially for the self, but perhaps, eventually, for others too. 

 

Lord,

Burn all there is in me
Of pride, superiority, 
Self-pity, lying, anger, fear,
And let me feel your presence here.

Then I will grow more like your Son,
Whose prayer was: May your will be done;
And, when all my trials are past,
I will see your face, at last. 

 

Lord,

When I feel cold and ill, 
Let me feel your presence still.
Wrap me in your perfect love, 
For this will warm my flesh and blood.

Then, may my constant prayer become: 
Father God, your will be done;
And, when all my trials are past,
I will see your face, at last.

 

References

God is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; NIV).

You are close beside me (Psalm 23:4; NLT).

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

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

They will see his face (Revelation 22:4; NLT).

She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth (Luke 2:7; NLT).

Pray constantly (1 Thessalonians 5:17; CSB).

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Spiritual darkness

 

Lord,

When I’m in  
Spiritual darkness,

I’m simply in the shadow
Of your wing. 

 

References

Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me (Psalm 23: 4; NLT).

Moses approached the thick darkness where God was (Exodus 20:21; NLY).

All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings (Psalm 36:7; NLT).

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