Context: This little prayer came to me on 28.10.22, well before I consciously registered that All Souls’ Day was fast approaching. I had to smile at God’s advance planning! It forms a pair with yesterday’s blog (https://wp.me/p45bCr-cIe).
The Messiah also died once for the sake of our sins, the Righteous One in the place of sinners, to bring you to God, and he died in body and lived in his Spirit. And he preached to those souls who were held in Sheol, those who from the first were not convinced (1 Peter 3; 18-19; PHBT).
Heal the souls
Of all the dead –
Don’t punish them:
Forgive, I beg.
They have cried
Enough? Your arms
Are open wide,
For you, alone,
Are love and grace:
Please welcome all
With your embrace.
The Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost (Luke 19:10; NLT).
God wants everyone to be saved and to know the whole truth (1 Timothy 2:4; CEV).
Then I called on the name of Yahweh: “Yahweh, I beg you, deliver my soul” (Psalm 116:4; WEB).
God is love (1 John 4:16; NLT).
By God’s grace, Jesus tasted death for everyone (Hebrews 2:9; NLT).
First reading: Psalm 16:7-11; NLT
I will bless the LORD who guides me;
Even at night my heart instructs me.
I know the LORD is always with me.
I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.
No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice.
My body rests in safety.
For you will not leave my soul among the dead
Or allow your holy one to rot in the grave.
You will show me the way of life,
Granting me the joy of your presence
And the pleasures of living with you forever.
Second reading: Psalm 103:1-4; NLT
With my whole heart, I will praise his holy name.
Let all that I am praise the LORD;
May I never forget the good things he does for me.
He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases.
He redeems me from death,
And crowns me with love and tender mercies.