20.6.23: An invitation

Needlework picture by Anna Matilda Curtis, 1820, American, metmuseum.org.

To my great surprise, this complex, mysterious prayer arrived whilst I was saying grace before breakfast last Sunday. It is by far the most challenging piece of writing I have ever undertaken, and has taken many hours to put into words.

Seek his face always (1 Chronicles 16:11; NIV). 

1. Sisters of the Face of God,
Reach out:
Seek me while you may.

2. Brothers of the Word of God,
Draw near:
Follow me each day.

3. Mothers of the Hand of God,
Join me:
Cling through good and ill.

4. Fathers of the Way of God,
Bear up:
Learn to do my will.

5. People of the Peace of God,
I will make you new.

6. Children of the Love of God,
Come now:
Let me welcome you.

The crowds found out where he was going, and they followed him. He welcomed them and taught them about the Kingdom of God.
(Luke 9:11; NLT).

You are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus.
(Galatians 3:26; NLT).


Verse 1
Anyone who does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother (Mark 3:35; NLT).
They will see God’s face (Job 33:26; NIV).
God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us (Acts 17:27; NIV).
Seek the LORD while you can find him. Call on him now while he is near (Isaiah 55:6; NLT).

Verse 2
He wore a robe dipped in blood, and his title was the Word of God (Revelation 19:13; NLT).
Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings (Hebrews 10:22; NIV).
Calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me” (Mark 8:34; NLT). 

Verse 3
The LORD will hold you in his hand for all to see – a splendid crown in the hand of God (Isaiah 62:3; NLT).
Cling tightly to the LORD your God (Joshua 23:8; NLT).
The Lord gives and the Lord takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord (Job 1:21; CSB).

Verse 4
They took him aside and explained the way of God (Acts 18:26; NLT).
The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever (1 John 2:16; NIV).

Verse 5
The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7; NIV).
This is my dearly loved Son. Listen to him (Mark 9:7; NLT).
I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart (Ezekiel 36:26; NLT).

Verse 6
Jesus called for the children and said to the disciples, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it” (Luke 18:16; NLT).
Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:39; NIV).
I will come back and welcome you into My presence, so that you also may be where I am (John 14:3; BSB).

The Rosary Hospital

Yesterday was quite challenging, so for part of the afternoon I took refuge in making a fiat rosary.

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