Context: When I woke up today, this prayer was already arriving. I began writing it down immediately, without even a moment to pray. As I have a migraine, which started yesterday, eye ulcers and a corneal abrasion, I was deeply grateful for the way this poem came together over the following hours.
I want your will to be done, not mine (Luke 22:42; NLT).
1. I want to take life as it comes,
To praise, as it unfolds;
Accept your will,
And love you still,
Be faithful, brave and bold.
2. I’d like to take life as it comes,
For you send bad and good;
To hear your voice,
And learn, by choice,
Until I’ve understood.
3. I need to take life as it comes,
For you both wound and heal;
To do my best,
And face each test,
Until you are revealed.
4. I’ll try to take life as it comes,
For you bring good from bad;
To value both,
Delight in growth,
And let my heart be glad.
5. I choose to take life as it comes,
Right here; right now; today;
With you, my King:
My life, my truth, my way.
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.
No one can come to the Father except through me.”
(John 14:6; NLT).
2. I create the light and make the darkness. I send good times and bad times. I, the Lord, am the one who does these things (Isaiah 45:7; NLT).
Should we accept only good things from the hand of God and never anything bad? (Job 2:10; NLT).
3. I am the one who wounds and heals (Deuteronomy 32:39; NLT).
4. In all things God works for the good of those who love him (Romans 8:28; NIV).
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NIV).
5. Choose life (Deuteronomy 30:19; NLT).
Don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today (Matthew 6:34; NLT).
Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me (Psalm 23:4; NLT).
Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow builds her nest and raises her young at a place near your altar, O LORD of Heaven’s Armies, my King and my God (Psalm 84:3; NLT).