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Victory

 

No eye can bear
Your dazzling light,

No flesh survive 
Your cleansing flame;

No mind can grasp
Your secret thoughts;

No heart presume
To speak your name;

No soul can know
Your mystery,

Yet we can share
Your victory.

 

References

He is clothed in dazzling splendour (Job 37:22; NLT).

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

My thoughts are not your thoughts (Isaiah 55:8; NIV).

You must not misuse the name of the Lord your God (Exodus 20:7; NLT). 

Truly, O God of Israel, our Saviour, you work in mysterious ways (Isaiah 45:15; NLT).

Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:57; NIV). 

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My limitations

 

 

Hello, everyone. I’ve had my mastectomy, and am back in my room, very sedated, but my husband is helping with this blog, which I prepared in advance.. Much love to you all xxxx

 

Lord,

Taking note
Of all my limitations,

May I make the best
Of this new day!

Amen.

 

References

He knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust (Psalm 103:14; NLT).

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Sin splits us

 

Sin splits us from our selves, Lord God,
May we confess, repent.
Forgive us through your Son’s great love 
And mercy, heaven-sent. 

Sin cuts us off from you, our God,
So we can’t see your face.
Forgive us; heal our hearts and souls,
So we may know your grace.

Sin separates us, Father God,
From those we have upset.
Forgive us as we make our peace, 
And show them our regret.

So may we, Lord, be reconciled
With self, with you, with all.
Forgive and heal us, Mighty God,
So we can hear your call.

 

References

Repent of your sins and turn to God (Matthew 3:2; NLT).

God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16; NLT).

Your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear (Isaiah 59:2; NIV).

God saved you by his grace when you believed (Ephesians 2:8; NLT).

Forgive us our sins (Luke 11:4; NLT).

If you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift (Matthew 5:23-4; NIV).

Then the Lord called Samuel. Samuel answered, “Here I am” (1 Samuel 3:4; NIV). 

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Draw me ever closer

 

Lord,
Draw me ever closer 
To your mind, 
So I may share your love 
For humankind.

Lord,
Draw me ever closer
To your heart, 
So you and I may never 
Be apart.

Lord, 
Draw me ever closer
To your soul,
So I may lose my self, 
And reach my goal.

(With many thanks to E.M.)

 

References

God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16; NLT).

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

Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them (1 John 4:16; NIV).

I am convinced that neither death nor life […] 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 8:38-9; NIV).

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

I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:14; NIV).

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Self and soul

 

My self is made of thoughts,
Sensations, 
Feelings,

Which come and go, 
And change, Lord, 
Always new;

And though all these 
Will end, Lord, 
At my passing,

My soul won’t change,
For it is part 
Of you.

 

References 

I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1:5; NLT).

I am the Lord and I do not change (Malachi 3:6; NLT).

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

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Reconciliation and healing

 

Two significant events are fast approaching in my life. Firstly, I’m hoping to be received into the Catholic Church, and to make my first communion. Secondly, I’ll be having a mastectomy for breast cancer in about a month. 

As I prepare for both these occasions, I’ve realised that I have only a limited amount of time to resolve various relationship issues that have been weighing on me for several years. I’ll face the surgery far more confidently if I have the peace of mind that comes from knowing I’ve done my best to put things right with those who hold anything against me, in accordance with Jesus’ teaching. Similarly, forgiving those who have hurt me has become an even more urgent task than usual.

So I’ve started contacting people who might be holding a grudge against me. Yesterday, to my delight, someone I thought wasn’t speaking to me responded generously, which was a huge relief. I’ve also written to a religious group I left after getting badly hurt, to see if anyone there still harbours negative feelings towards me. If anyone contacts me in return, I will do whatever I can to repair our relationship. All these issues are reflected in today’s prayer:

 

Lord, 

You’re bringing healing 
From these tumours
As I prepare
To face my surgery

By telling those I’ve hurt
That I am sorry,
And forgiving everyone 
Who has hurt me.

In this way, I will face
My operation
With peace of body, mind,
And even soul,

And this will be
My miracle of healing, 
As you, Lord, touch my heart, 
And make me whole.

 

References

We know that all things work together for good for those who love God (Romans 8:28; NRSV).

If you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift (Matthew 5:23-4; NIV).

Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us (Luke 11:4; NLT).

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7; NIV). 

He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound (Isaiah 61:1; NKJV).

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Save us!

 

Lord, 

Save us, 
For we suffer –
Heal our bodies. 

Save us, 
For we sorrow – 
Heal our minds.

Save us, 
For we founder –
Heal our hearts, Lord.

Save us, 
For we perish –
Heal our souls.

 

References 

The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown” (Matthew 8:25; NLT).

You threw me into the ocean depths, and I sank down to the heart of the sea. The mighty waters engulfed me; I was buried beneath your wild and stormy waves (Jonah 2:3; NLT).

You have allowed me to suffer much hardship, but you will restore me to life again and lift me up from the depths of the earth (Psalm 71:20; NLT).

Lord, be merciful to me: heal my soul; for I have sinned against thee (Psalm 41:4; WEB).

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