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Hurt

People have the power to hurt each other (Ecclesiastes 8:9; NLT).

Pay for those who hurt you (Luke 6:28; NLT).

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

 

Lord God,

Though hurt
May never
Be forgotten,

Please help me
To be able
To forgive.

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Will there be knives in heaven?

 

Will there be knives in heaven?
I’m sure, Lord, that there won’t,
For none there can ignore
The Father’s will; 

And you, Lord, taught us clearly,
Throughout your time on earth:
Don’t lie, deceive, or steal –
And do not kill. 

Will there be guns in heaven?  
I’m confident there won’t,
For none there can dismiss
The Father’s will; 

And you, Lord, taught us clearly,
Throughout your time on earth:
Don’t mock, condemn, or judge –
And do not kill.

Will there be bombs in heaven?
I’m certain that there won’t,
For none there can refuse
The Father’s will; 

And you, Lord, taught us clearly,
Throughout your time on earth:
Don’t hate, despise, or harm –
And do not kill.

So how, Lord, could we ever want 
To end another’s life, 
When such deeds mean rejecting 
All that’s good?

For you, Lord, taught us clearly, 
Throughout your time on earth,
That we must build your kingdom here, 
With love. 

 

References

He shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more (Isaiah 2:4; KJV).

May your will be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10; NLT).

Do not kill (Mark 10:19; KJV).

Do not judge others, and you will not be judged (Luke 6:37; NLT). 

The Kingdom of God is already among you (Luke 17:21; NLT).

The kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:21; KJV).

Go and spread the good news of the kingdom of God (Luke 9:60; CSB).

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12.9; NLT).

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).

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Written on the day of my first Holy Communion

 

Lord, 
From today, I turn my face away
From all the harm
My mother did to me,
Remembering it no more.

Instead, 
I call the positives to mind, 
While thanking you
For bringing good
From all I have experienced in life.

 

References

I will never again remember their sins (Jeremiah 31:34; NLT).

Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:18; NLT).

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

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Miracles of healing

 

Bring miracles of healing
From this cancer,

Not for myself, 
But those I’ve hurt, dear Lord; 

So when I say, “My fault”,
They will forgive me, 

And we’ll be reconciled, 
Our love restored. 

 

References

God publicly endorsed Jesus the Nazarene by doing powerful miracles, wonders, and signs through him (Acts 2:22; 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).

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Reconciliation

 

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).

 

Lord, 

No matter what I have against other people, I realise it’s completely unimportant. I can forgive, bless, and pray for those who have hurt me every day, until the hurt is healed. They don’t need to do anything at all.

Instead, what really matters is what others have against me. These are the people I need to seek out, so I can apologise, and make amends for my behaviour, in the hope that we can be fully reconciled before you.

 

References

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

Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing (Luke 23:34; NIV).

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).

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Give me a church

 

Lord, 

Give me a church 
I can, at last, belong to –

A place where people 
Want to grow like you;

Where people love, fall out, 
Make up, say sorry;

Where everyone who fails 
Can start anew. 

None of this ever happened 
With my mother –

She never said sorry
For how she treated me.

So, give me a church 
Where I can find a home, Lord,

Where all can share your love,
Which sets us free.

 

References

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

If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the other person listens and confesses it, you have won that person back (Matthew 18:15; NRSV).

Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow builds her nest and raises her young at a place near your altar (Psalm 84:3; NLT).

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

The oppressed will be set free (Luke 4:18; NLT).

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There’s something to be learned

 

Lord,

There’s something
To be learned
From all that happens.

Each hurt  
Can help us grow,
Though we are weak.

For with you                       
We can speak truth 
To those who hurt us,

Forgive them all,
And turn
The other cheek.

 

References

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

He knows how weak we are (Psalm 103:14; NLT).

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

Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us (Luke 11:4; NIV).

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

If someone slaps you on the right cheek, offer the other cheek also (Matthew 5:39; NLT).

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