3.12.23: See Christ’s face

Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us (Colossians 3:11; NLT).

See Christ’s face
In everyone you meet.
Mark, in them,
His wounded hands and feet.

Listen, love, and serve Him
In them all,
Reaching out
To those who slip, or fall.

See Christ’s face
In neighbour, stranger, foe.
Everywhere you look
May your love flow

To Him. So stay alert
For each new test:
Just recognise His face,
Then do your best.

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed (2 Timothy 2:15; NIV).


References 

The LORD your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul (Deuteronomy 13:3; NIV).

Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me (Matthew 25:40; NIV).

23.11.23: One with Christ

Everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with him (Philippians 3:8-9; NLT).

May we be one with Christ
In prayer:
Joining with him
In peace and love.

May we be one with Christ
In all:
Seeing his face
In friend and foe.

May we be one with Christ
In joy:
Praising with those
In heaven above.

May we be one with Christ
In grief:
Yielding with him
On earth below.

Jesus left them a second time and prayed, “My Father! If this cup cannot be taken away unless I drink it, your will be done” (Matthew 26:36-9, 42; NLT).


References

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. I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me (John 17:21-3; NLT).

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

Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us (Colossians 3:11; NLT).

Your immortal spirit is in every one of them (Wisdom of Solomon 12:1; GNTA).

Love your neighbour as yourself (Leviticus 19:18; NLT).

Love your enemies (Matthew 5:44; NLT).

I heard what sounded like a vast crowd in heaven shouting, “Praise the LORD! (Revelation 19:1; NLT).

He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death” (Matthew 26:38; NLT).

26.10.23: Acceptance (for M.)

A very warm welcome to M,  who joined here yesterday!

Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble? (Job 2:10; NIV). 

Accept whatever way of life
God sends:
The ups and downs;
The enemies; the friends.

Follow the way of death
Our Saviour trod:
Back to the Father;
Back to the Lord, Our God.

Comforted by his Spirit’s
Constant care,
Always remember:
God is everywhere

In every person,
Situation, place:
Pouring out love, forgiveness,
Hope, and grace.

We praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son (Ephesians 1:6; NLT).

16.10.23: As God wants (for K.B.)

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1. Holy Spirit,
Help us to pray
As God wants.

2. Help us to speak
The truth in love,
As God wants.

3. Help us to plead
For others, Lord,
As God wants;

4. And help us to bless
Our enemies –
As God wants.


References 

  1. The Spirit [comes to us and] helps us in our weakness. We do not know what prayer to offer or how to offer it as we should, but the Spirit Himself [knows our need and at the right time] intercedes on our behalf with sighs and groanings too deep for words. And He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because the Spirit intercedes [before God] on behalf of God’s people in accordance with God’s will (Romans 8:26-7; AMP).

  2. We will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ (Ephesians 4:15; NLT).

  3. I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them (1 Timothy 2:1; NLT).

  4. To you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you (Luke 6:27-8; NLT).

7.10.23: Every time (for J.)

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Yesterday morning I was enjoying a time of quiet intercession when suddenly today’s prayer burst upon me:

Christ is all…

Every time I turn a corner,
Lord, may I see you,
For every time I greet a stranger,
Lord, I’m meeting you.

Every time I chat with someone,
I spend time with you,
And every time I offer comfort,
Lord, I’m serving you.

Even, Lord, when someone hurts me,
I encounter you,
For when I love my enemy,
Lord, I’m still loving you.

and is in all (Colossians 3:11; NIV).


References

Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me (Matthew 25:40; CSB).

Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all” (Mark 9:35; NIV). 

To you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you (Luke 6:27-8; NLT).

4.2.23: All wars

As the international situation worsens in country after country, I pray each day for peace in every mind, heart and soul:

His talk is smooth as butter, yet war is in his heart (Psalm 55:21; NIV). 

All wars start in someone’s heart,
So, Lord, I pray for all

That everyone will hear your voice,
And listen to your call

To love our neighbours and our foes,
No matter what they do,

To bless, serve and forgive them –
Then they’ll love themselves, Lord, too.

Love your neighbour as yourself (Mark 12:31; NLT).

27.12.22: Pierced

Context: Today’s prayer came to me on the morning of Christmas Eve. It was very difficult to put into words. These verses are based on Jesus’ presentation in the Temple, when Simeon prophesied about his life, and about what was to come for Mary, his mother:

The deepest thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your very soul (Luke 2:35; NLT). 

Lord,
Pierce my mind
To cleanse each thought,
And pierce my heart,
For I am naught.

Then pierce my soul
Till we are one,
And pierce my flesh,
Like yours, God’s Son.

Lord,
Pierce my hands
To help me pray,
And pierce my feet
To share your way.

Then pierce my side
Till my love flows
Like yours, to all
Both friends and foes.

Love your enemies (Matthew 5:44; NLT).


 References

I am nothing (Job 40:4; NLT).

They will look on me, the one they have pierced (Zechariah 12:10; NIV). 

He was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed (Isaiah 53:5; NLT).

They have pierced my hands and feet (Psalm 22:16; NLT).

One of the soldiers …pierced his side with a spear, and immediately blood and water flowed out (John 19:34; NLT). 

Love your neighbour as yourself (Leviticus 19:18; NLT). 

Love the stranger (Leviticus 19:34; NKJV). 

Show love to foreigners (Deuteronomy 10:19; NLT).


The Rosary Hospital 

Just before Christmas, I made myself a fiat rosary, only to discover I’d missed out one crucial bead. So on Christmas Day I took it apart and re-made it, but ran out of cord just before the final knot! Fiat rosaries are quite complicated, so yesterday I gave myself a break by making a standard five-decade rosary. This went smoothly, which helped to restore my confidence:

Through loving (#2 of 3)


You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind (Luke 10:27; NLT).

Through loving God,
We learn to love our neighbours.

Through loving them,
We learn to welcome strangers.

Through loving them,
We learn to love

Even those
Who thirst for blood,

And, loving them,
We learn to love ourselves.

Love your neighbour as yourself (Luke 1027; NLT).

When they came to a place called The Skull, they nailed him to the cross. And the criminals were also crucified – one on his right and one on his left. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.”
(Luke 23:33-4; NLT).

All are one in Christ

Didn’t one God create us?
Why then do we act treacherously against one another?
(Malachi 2:10; NIV).

There is neither Jew nor Gentile,
neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female…

1. There is neither Jew nor Gentile,
Male nor Female,
Slave nor Free.

2. There is neither Black nor White,
Kin nor Stranger,
You nor Me.

3. There is neither Saint nor Sinner,
LBGTQ,
Nor Straight.

4. There is neither East nor West,
Creed nor Dogma,
Church nor State.

5. There is neither Friend nor Foe
Nor Refugee,
Nor Us, nor Them

6. For All are one in Christ:
Our Mother, Father, Spirit, Soul.
Amen.

…for you are all one in Christ Jesus
(Galatians 3:28; NIV).

God shows no favouritism.
In every nation he accepts those who fear him
and do what is right (Acts 10:34-5; NLT). 

Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely
(1 Corinthians 13:12; NLT).


References 

2. Love your neighbour as yourself (James 2:8; NLT).

Love ye therefore the stranger (Deuteronomy 10:19; KJV).

3. He loves us with unfailing love (Psalm 117:2; NLT).

Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven (Luke 6:37; NLT).

4. All the world from east to west will know there is no other God (Isaiah 45:6; NLT).

In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his resting place will be glorious (Isaiah 11:10; NIV). 

5. Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you (Luke 6:27-8; NIV).

You, too, must show love to foreigners (Deuteronomy 10:19; NLT).

Let my refugees stay with you (Isaiah 16:4; CSB). 

6. I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd (John 10:16; NIV).

The Almighty …blesses you with blessings of the skies above, blessings of the deep springs below, blessings of the breast and the womb (Genesis 49:25; NIV).

You, Lord, are our Father (Isaiah 63:16; CSB).

As truly as God is our Father, so truly is God our Mother (Revelations of Divine Love, Chapter 59, Julian of Norwich).

Your immortal spirit is in every one of them (Wisdom of Solomon 12:1; GNTA).

The Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul (Genesis 2:7; KJV). 

Let all the people say, “Amen” (Psalm 106:48; NLT). 

Turn to God

Each of you must repent and turn to God, and be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38; NLT).

Turn to God,
And start afresh:
Repent of all your sin.
Accept forgiveness,
Bless your foes,
And welcome Christ within.

Turn to God,
And start again:
Be Spirit-filled, and pray.
Take up your cross,
Put others first,
And follow Christ each day.

Turn to God,
And start anew:
Accepting all he sends.
Through good and bad
Love everyone,
Until your journey ends.

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