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

Resting place

 

Lord God, 

We are your resting place
From birth.

You live within our hearts –
Your realm on earth.

You dwell within us, Lord,
Till our last breath.

Then you become our resting place
In death. 

 

References

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

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

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me (Psalm 23:4; KJV).

Then the dust will return to the earth, and the spirit will return to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; NLT).

This is my resting place forever; here I will dwell, for I have desired it (Psalm 132:14; NKJV).

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Like Christ

 

Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father (John 14:9; NLT).

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

The Lord – who is the Spirit – makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image (2 Corinthians 3:18; NLT).

 

Lord God,

You sent your glorious Son
To show us
What you’re like.

Despite our weakness,
May your Spirit help us
To grow more and more like him.

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Ask, seek, knock

Can a person do anything to help God? Can even a wise person be helpful to him? (Job 22:2; NLT).

If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for all the world is mine and everything in it (Psalm 50:7,12; NLT).

Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you (Matthew 7:7; NLT).

For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known (1 Corinthians 13:12; NIV).


Father,

There is nothing I can do
To impress you.

Neither do you need my help
In any way.

Yet still you love me,
And desire my love.

So I’ll keep on
Seeking you,

And  knocking at your door,
Until it opens.

Then I will see you,
Face to face, at last,

And know you fully,
Just as I am fully known.

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A second chance

 

Lord God, 
If our fathers didn’t treat us 
As they should,
You give us a second chance,
By offering your love.

Mary, 
If our mothers gave no comfort 
From the start,
You give us a second chance,
By offering your heart.

Jesus, 
If our brothers didn’t help us 
As they might,
You give us a second chance,
By offering your light. 

Spirit, 
If our sisters were uncaring
In our youth,  
You give us a second chance,
By offering your truth.

 

References

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

Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often (Luke 2:19; NLT).

Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life” (John 8:12; NLT).

He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth (John 14:17; NLT).

Anyone who does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother! (Matthew 12:50; NLT).

Everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or property, for my sake, will receive a hundred times as much in return and will inherit eternal life (Matthew 19:29; NLT).

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No matter what

 

No matter what 
We tell ourselves,

When we look deep
Within

We know that those 
Who follow Christ

Love all,
So let’s begin.

No matter what 
We like to claim,

We know just who   
We shun,

But those who truly 
Follow Christ

Love all,
For we are one. 

 

References

Love your neighbour as yourself (Mark 12:31; 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; NLT).

The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love (Galatians 5:6; NIV).

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

There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28; NIV).

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The dance of love

 

Despite our faults 
You love us, Lord,
And long 
To help us grow.

Despite our sins 
You care for us
And want your love 
To flow 

Through us 
To other people,
To earth 
And sky above –

Lord,
Heal our selfish hearts,
So we can join 
Your dance of love. 

 

References

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

We are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ (Ephesians 4:15; RSV).

He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7; NIV).

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

The hearts of these people are hardened (Matthew 13:15; NLT).

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

The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love (Galatians 5:6; NIV).

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Unfailing love

 

Lord,

You love us,
Even when we don’t love you. 

You care for us,
Even when we ignore you.

You help us,
Even when we don’t serve you.

You forgive us
Even when we hurt you.

You remember us,
Even when we forget you.

You see us,
Even when we don’t seek you.

You hear us,
Even when we don’t listen to you;

And you know us
Even when we don’t acknowlege you.

Thank you, Lord,
For your unfailing love.

 

References

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

He will care for us (Isaiah 33:22; NLT). 

He helps me (Psalm 28:7; NLT).

He forgives all my sins (Psalm 103:2; NLT).

The Lord remembers us (Psalm 115:12; NLT).

You are the God who sees me (Genesis 16:13; NIV).

He hears my voice (Psalm 116:1; NLT).

You know everything I do (Psalm 130:3; NLT).

He knows the secrets of every heart (Psalm 44:21; NLT).

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