Damaged (#2 of 2 linked prayers)

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Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life
(John 6:54; NIV).

1. Lord, we are
Your intricate creation,
Hurt by life in body
And in mind;

2. Damaged, Lord, in heart,
And soul, and spirit,
Which makes us frail, deaf,
Captive, lame, and blind.

3. But every time we take the Host
You heal us:
Bit by bit
You set us free, dear Lord;

4. And every time we share the Cup
You fill us:
Drop by drop,
Until we are restored.

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References

1. Your hands have made me and fashioned me, an intricate unity (Job 10:8; NKJV).

2. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows (John 16:33; NLT).

3. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds (Psalm 147:3; NIV).

4. He restores my soul (Psalm 23:3; NKJV).

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It’s not just that you make us

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Lord,

1. It’s not just that you make us:
You’re creation.

2. It’s not just that you’re timeless:
You are time.

3. It’s not just that you’re living:
You are life, Lord.

4. It’s not just that you light our way:
You shine.

5. It’s not just that you feed us:
You are bread, Lord.

6. It’s not just that you give us drink:
You’re wine.

7. It’s not just that you care for us:
You’re love, Lord.

8. It’s not just that I’m yours, Lord:
You are mine.

References

1. The Word gave life to everything that was created (John 1:1; NLT).

2. For you, a thousand years are as a passing day, as brief as a few night hours (Psalm 90:4; NLT).

3. I am the way the truth and the life (John 14:6; NIV).

4. God is more glorious than the moon; he shines brighter than the stars (Job 25:5; NLT).

5. I am the living bread the came down from heaven (John 6:51; NLT).

6. He took a cup of wine […] and he said to them, “This is my blood” (Mark 14:23-4; NLT).

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

8. I am yours (Psalm 119:94; NLT).

Lord, you are mine! (Psalm 119:57; NLT).

Our soul

We have all been baptised into one body by one Spirit,
and we all share the same Spirit.
(1 Corinthians 12:13; NLT).

Lord, our soul is you within us all (1).

You make us, breathe your soul into us, and give us life (2).

You dwell in us, and we in you, though we may never recognise your presence (3).

When we die, our soul returns to you, though in truth it has never been separated from you, for you are indivisible. The whole of you dwells in every one of us, and never leaves us (4).

No matter what we might prefer to think, we are always united with one another and with you, through Christ, your Son (5).

We do not each have a separate soul, unique to ourselves. There is only one soul, which is your Holy Spirit, shared forever by us all: those not yet born, those who are alive, and those who have died (6).

In the light of our neglected, yet primordial, oneness, and given the extremely serious state of international relations, climate change, and our widespread religious, political and personal inhumanity towards one another, here is today’s prayer:

Help us to grasp our oneness, Lord,
With you,

By loving you
In all creation:

Creatures,
People,

Earth, sky,
And ourselves.

We ask this through
Your dear Son’s name.

Amen (7).

References

1. You are the temple of the living God (2 Corinthians 6:16; NLT).

2. There is a spirit within people, the breath of the Almighty within them (Job 32:8; NLT).

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

In him we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28, NIV).

The fool says in his heart, “There is no God” (Psalm 14:1; NIV).

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

God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5; NIV).

The Lord is one (Mark 12:29; NIV).

5. I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you (John 17:21; NLT).

You are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28; NLT).

6. God is Spirit (John 4:24; NLT).

You have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you (1 John 2:27; NLT).

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

Those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed […] into immortal bodies (1 Corinthians 15:52-3; NLT).

7. You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength [and] Love your neighbour as yourself. No other commandment is greater than these (Mark 12:30-31; NLT).

Every morning

Each morning and evening they stood before the Lord
to sing songs of thanks and praise to him.
(1 Chronicles 23:30; NLT).

1. Every morning, when I wake,
I praise you, Lord, my God, within,
Asking you to keep me safe,
And to protect me from all sin.

2. Every day, when I go out
I worship you in all I see,
Glimpsing you, Lord, in creation:
One with all, including me.

3. Every night, when I lie down,
I thank you for your constant love,
Trusting in your only Son,
Who brings salvation through his blood.

References

1. When I wake up, you are still with me (Psalm 139:18; NLT).

You are the temple of the living God (2 Corinthians 6:16; NLT).

Keep your servant from deliberate sins (Psalm 19:13; NLT).

2. You will go out with joy (Isaiah 55:12; NET).

You must worship the Lord your God (Luke 4:8; NLT).

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

Whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17; NIV).

3. In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe (Psalm 4:8; 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).

Trust in God and trust also in me (John 14:1; NLT). 

We have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ (Romans 5:9; NLT).

Seek and find

Keep on seeking, and you will find (Matthew 7:7; NLT).

1. May I seek you in everything,
In everything you make,
And find you, Lord, in everything,
Rejoicing, for your sake.

2. May I seek you in everyone,
In all who live and breathe,
And find you, Lord, in everyone,
Whatever race or creed.

3. May I seek you, Lord, everywhere,
In earth and sky above,
And find you, Lord, in all creation,
Radiating love.

References

1. I am the Lord, who made all things (Isaiah 44:24; NLT).

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

2. You are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28; NLT).

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

All creation

Father,

All creation
Sings your praise:

Everything in earth
And heaven above.

Then why, Lord,
Do so many of your people

Reject, deny, and disbelieve
Your love?

References

1. The mountains and hills will burst into song, and the trees of the field will clap their hands! (Isaiah 55:12; NLT).

2. The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known (Psalm 19:1-2; NLT).

3. The fool says in his heart, “There is no God” (Psalm 14:1; NIV).

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