Oneness

From eternity to eternity I am God
(Isaiah 43:13; NLT).

There’s only one time
Throughout the world:
One now.

Only one God,
Before whom
All must bow.

There’s only one Spirit
In us all;
One soul.

Only one path
For every heart;
One goal.

There’s only one Judge.
We can’t escape
Our lot.

Only one test:
Did we love all,
Or not?

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Anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love
(1 John 4:8; NLT). 

Whoever loves God must love others also
(1 John 4:21; GNT).


Does God withdraw?

He makes darkness his secret place
(Psalm 18:11; LSV). 

When the sun sets on the hill,
Does God withdraw?

No, for he’s in darkness,
As in light.

When affliction blights my life,
Does God withdraw?

No, for he’s in weakness,
As in might.

When depression breaks my heart,
Does God withdraw?

No, for he’s in weeping,
As in cheer.

When anguish fills my soul,
Does God withdraw?

No, for he’s in all,
And he is here.

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Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me (Psalm 23:4; KJV).


God lives

From eternity to eternity I am God
(Isaiah 43:13; NLT).

1. God lives in one eternal moment,
Far beyond all time and space.

2. Past and future are the same:
He sees all now, with boundless grace.

3. And though I’m nothing, made of dust,
And subject to the rule of time,

4. He lets me share this constant now,
For I am his, and he is mine.

My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever (Psalm 73:26; NLT).


References

1. God sits above the circle of the earth. The people below seem like grasshoppers to him (Isaiah 40:22-24; NLT).

2. He … lives forever (Isaiah 57:16; NIV). 

He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins (Ephesians 1:7; NLT).

3. I am nothing but dust (Genesis 18:27; NIV). 

People cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end (Ecclesiastes 3:11: NLT). 

4. I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit (Isaiah 57:16; NIV). 

I am his (Song of Songs 2:16; NLT). 


 

You are the potter

We are the clay, and you are the potter.
We all are formed by your hand
(Isaiah 64:8; NLT). 

You are the potter,
I, the clay.
You are my life, my truth,
My way;

My flesh, my mind,
My heart, my soul:
You are the One
Who makes me whole.

You are my breath,
My hope, my end:
My Shepherd King;
My steadfast Friend.

You are my crook,
My staff, my rod;
My light, my fire,
My peace: my God.

Yet we are one,
Our love, complete:
I lay my spirit
At your feet.

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God is love,
and all who live in love live in God,
and God lives in them
(1 John 4:16; NLT).


The past

He has planted eternity in the human heart
(Ecclesiastes 3:11; NLT).

1. The past
Is not behind us:
It is now.

2. The future,
Not ahead:
Already here.

3. Far beyond time,
God pours out justice
And mercy,

4. Uniting us all in his peace:
No beginning;
No end.

His government and its peace will never end
(Isaiah 9:7; NLT).


References

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

2. God’s kingdom is here with you (Luke 17:21; CEV).

3. The One who is high and lifted up … inhabits eternity (Isaiah 57:15; ESV).

This world’s people are now being judged (John 12:31; CEV).

The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him (Daniel 9:9; NIV).

4. All glory to him who alone is God, our Saviour through Jesus Christ our Lord. All glory, majesty, power, and authority are his before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time! Amen (Jude 1:25; NLT).


May I be light (#1 of 2 linked prayers)


Jesus spoke to the people once more and said,
“I am the light of the world
(John 8:12; NLT).

1. Lord,
May I be light, and fire,

2. And peace, and truth,
Like you, God’s Son.

3. Then I’ll see you
In humankind,

4. And love you, Lord,
In everyone. 


References

1. God is light (1 John 1:5; NLT).

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

2. The Lord is peace (Judges 6:24; NLT). 

The Spirit is truth (1 John 5:6; NKJV).

Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God (John 20:31; NLT).

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

4. God is love (1 John 4:8; NLT).

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

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

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

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

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Help those who never hear

God speaks again and again, 
though people do not recognise it
(Job 33:14; NLT).

Help those who never hear your voice,
Although creation sings your praise. 

Bless those who never see your face,
Although your glance sets stars ablaze.

Heal those who never know your love,
Although you cherish all you make. 

Guide those who never try to pray,
Although their sorry hearts may break.  

Teach those who never seek your Son,
Although he dwells within us all.

Draw those who never grasp, Lord God,
That you must wait, until we call. 

The Lord must wait for you to come to him
so he can show you his love and compassion

(Isaiah 30:18; NLT).

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Saint Raphael

Christ Healing the Paralytic at the Pool of Bethesda
Murillo 1670, National Gallery, London (Yandex)

Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralysed, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had
(John 5:2-4; NLT).

Saint Raphael,
Please hear my prayer,
And carry it to God,
Asking him to heal my life,
And spare me from his rod.

Saint Raphael,
Please stir the pool,
And help me to step in;
Then I will be forgiven,
And my mind set free from sin.

Saint Raphael,
Please hear my prayer,
And carry it above,
Asking God to mend my heart
With his unfailing love.

Saint Raphael,
Please stir the water;
Help me in, to bathe,
For then I will be whole again,
And my poor soul be saved.

He will save the souls of the needy
(Psalm 72:13; NHEB).

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The purpose of life

You can make many plans,
but the Lord’s purpose will prevail
(Proverbs 19:21; NLT).

The purpose of life
is to learn from all we experience,
both good and bad;

To take up our cross
and follow Christ,
becoming more like him,

And growing ever closer to God,
until we grasp our oneness with him,
and with all people.

The purpose of life
is to love others,
without exception;

To pray for them, bless them,
and serve them,
however we can,

And to heal those who suffer
in body, or mind,
in heart, or in spirit, or soul.

He sent them out
to tell everyone about the Kingdom of God
and to heal the sick
(Luke 9:2; NLT).

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