In the darkness

If you are walking in darkness,
without a ray of light,
trust in the Lord
and rely on your God
(Isaiah 50:10; NLT).

Lord,
You’re in the darkness
That surrounds me:
I rejoice to have you
As my guide.

Lord,
You’re in the sorrow
That afflicts me:
I delight to journey
By your side.

Lord,
You’re in the loneliness
That fills me:
I exult to know you
As my friend.

Lord,
You’re in the silence
That engulfs me:
So I’m content to stay here,
Till my end.

For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence,
for my hope is from him
(Psalm 62:5; ESV).


One God

“I am the only God,” says the Lord
(Isaiah 43:12; NLT).

1. Jehova Elohim:
The Lord –
One God, with many names.

2. Jehova Sabaoth:
The Lord of Hosts;
The One who reigns.

3. Jehovah Jireh:
God supplies our needs
From heaven above.

4. Jehova Raah:
The Shepherd King,
Who leads us with his love.

5. El Roi:
The God who sees us,
And knows everything we bear.

6. El Shama:
He who hears our cries,
And answers every prayer.

7. Jehova Rapha:
God who heals –
Our Comforter, and Friend.

8. Jehova Shammah:
Always there –
Our source, our life, our end.

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


References

1. Jehova Elohim: Sovereign Lord (plural in form, but understood in the singular)

2. Jehovah Sabaoth: The Lord of Hosts

3. Jehovah Jireh: The Lord Will Provide

4. Jehovah Raah: The Lord My Shepherd

5. El Roi: The God who sees me

6. El Shama: He is a God who listens

7. Jehovah-Rapha: The Lord That Heals

8. Jehovah-Shammah: The Lord Is There

Prayer

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

Lord,
I pray for all those who are cold,
Hungry, thirsty, fearful,
Or in pain.

Lord,
I pray for all those who are sick,
Homeless, sad, awaiting help,
In vain.

Lord,
I pray for all those who are poor,
Abused, enslaved,
Whose sorrow never ends.

Help me, Lord, like you,
To care for all,
While loving those who hate me,
As my friends.

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).

I am content

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✝️

I have learned to be content
whatever the circumstances
(Philippians 4:11; NIV).

1. I am content, Lord,
To dwell in your hands –
Whatever you take,
And whatever you give.

2. I am content
To abide in your hands –
Whatever you ask,
For as long as I live.

3. I am content, Lord,
To die in your hands –
Whatever the suffering,
Right to the end.

4. I am content
To remain in your hands –
Together, forever,
My Master, and Friend.

Whether we live or die,
we belong to the Lord
(Romans 14:8; NIV).

✝️


References

1. The life of every living thing is in his hand (Job 12:10; NLT).

The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised  (Job 1:21; NIV).

2. Abide in my love (John 15:9; NKJV).

I desire to do your will, my God (Psalm 40:8; NLT).

I will sing to the Lord as long as I live (Psalm 103:33; NLT).

3. I am in your hands – do with me as you think best (Jeremiah 26:14; NLT).

My future is in your hands (Psalm 31:15; NLT).

If we die with him, we will also live with him (2 Timothy 2:11; NLT).

If we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering (Romans 8:17; NLT).

I will praise my God to my last breath! (Psalm 104:33; NLT).

4. Remain in me, and I will remain in you (John 15:4; NLT).

Then we will be with the Lord forever (1 Thessalonians 4:17; NLT).

Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am (John 13:13; KJV).

You are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me (John 15:15; NLT).

Our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God (Romans 5:11; NLT).

Thank you, Lord

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✝️

1. Always praying,
Always saying:
Thank you, Lord,
For all you send.

2. Always praising –
You’re amazing:
Thank you, Lord,
My dearest friend.

3. Always trusting
And rejoicing:
Thank you, Lord,
For every breath.

4. Always caring,
And declaring:
Thank you, Lord,
For life, and death.

✝️


References

1. Pray continually (1 Thessalonians 5:17; NIV).

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:18; NIV).

Should we accept only good things from the hand of God, and never anything bad? (Job 2:10; NLT).

2. You have been with me from birth; from my mother’s womb you have cared for me. No wonder I am always praising you! (Psalm 71:6; NLT).

How amazing are the deeds of the Lord! (Psalm 111:2; NLT).

You are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me (John 15:15; NLT).

Our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God (Romans 5:11; NLT).

3. Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is the eternal Rock (Isaiah 26:4; NLT).

Rejoice always (1 Thessalonians 5:16; NIV).

He himself gives life and breath to everything (Acts 17:25; NLT).

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

Do everything with love (1 Corinthians 16:14; NLT).

Always be humble and gentle (Ephesians 4:2; NLT).

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12:9; NLT).

The Lord gives both death and life (1 Samuel 2:6; NLT).

This cross

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1. This cross, Lord,
Is my closest friend.

2. I’ll bear it daily
Till life’s end,

3. When I must leave
All things behind –

4. Possessions, body,
Heart and mind –

5. Except my spirit,
Which will soar

6. To join with yours,
For evermore.

🌺


References

1. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me, cannot be my disciple (Luke 14:27; RSV).

2. Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me” (Luke 9:23; NLT).

3. God said to him, “You fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get everything you worked for?” (Luke 12:20; NLT).

4. I came naked from my mother’s womb, and I will be naked when I depart (Job 1:21; NIV).

5. Those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles (Isaiah 40:31; NLT).

We […] will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air (1 Thessalonians 4:17; NLT).

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

Instant friend

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Love the stranger
(Deuteronomy 10:19; NKJV).

1. Be an instant friend
For strangers –
Everyone whose path you cross.

2. Be an instant friend
For strangers –
Those in trouble, need, or loss.

3. Be an instant friend
For strangers –
Helping is our sacred task.

4. Be an instant friend
For strangers –
Love is all our Father asks.

🤎


References

1. See the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37; NLT).

2. Which of these three would you say was a neighbour to the man who was attacked by bandits?” Jesus asked. The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.” Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same” (Luke 10:36-7; NLT).

3. I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me (Matthew 25:35-6; NLT).

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

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12:9; NLT).

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).

In due season God will judge everyone, both good and bad, for all their deeds (Ecclesiastes 3:17; NLT).


Image: “Good Samaritan (detail) – Rossano Gospels – 6th Cent. – Folio 007” by jimforest is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

In darkness

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🤎

If you are walking in darkness, without a ray of light,
trust in the Lord and rely on your God
(Isaiah 50:10; NLT). 

🤎💛🤎

Lord,
You’re here, in darkness,
To embrace me –
I rejoice to have you
As my guide.

Lord,
You’re here, in sorrow,
To console me –
I delight to journey
At your side.

Lord,
You’re here, in suffering,
To heal me –
I exult to have you
As my friend.

Lord,
You’re here, in hardship,
To enfold me –
So I’m content to stay here
Till my end.

🤎💛🤎💛🤎

He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases.
He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies
(Psalm 103:2-4; NLT).

A Friend

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🤎

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

🤎

1. There’s a Friend
Who walks beside us;
There’s a light
That goes ahead.

2. There’s a Father
Watching over us,
Who gives
Our daily bread.

3. There’s a Spirit
Living through us,
Helping us to trust
And pray.

4. There’s a still, small voice
Within us,
Saying, “Look!
This is the way!”

🤎


References

1. Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me (Psalm 23:4; NLT).

The Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by night (Exodus 13:21; NIV).

2. The Lord himself watches over you (Psalm 121:5; NLT).

He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you” (Luke 22:19; NIV).

3. Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19; NLT).

I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13; NLT).

The Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words (Romans 8:26; NRSV).

4. After the fire [came] a still small voice (1 Kings 19:12; KJV).

Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, “This is the way you should go” (Isaiah 30:21; NLT).