When I clasp my hands

Context: When I was praying this morning, with my little olive-wood holding cross clasped between the palms of my hands, I saw that heaven was between them. Today’s prayer then flowed straight into my mind. After writing it, I discovered, to my great delight, that I was able to say it whilst moving smoothly between the actions described in each verse.


Pray constantly (1 Thessalonians 5:17; TIV). 

1. When I clasp my hands together,
Heaven is between them.

2. When I lift my hands in prayer,
Yahweh, you are near.

3. When I fold my arms across my breast,
Christ, you embrace me,

4. And when I breathe your name,
Beloved Spirit, you are here.

Don’t you realise that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit,
who lives in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16; NLT).

In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on servants –
men and women alike (Joel 2:29; NLT).


References 

1. Jesus summoned the crowd and the disciples and said, “If you wish to come after me, you must deny your very self, take up your cross and follow in my footsteps” (Mark 8:34; TIV). 

2. Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless YHWH! (Psalm 134:2; TIV). 

You are near, Yahweh (Psalm 119:151; WEB).

3. While he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him (Luke 15:20; NLT). 

4. Yahweh God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul (Genesis 2:7; WEB). 

When the Paraclete comes – the Spirit of Truth who comes from Abba God, whom I myself will send from my Abba – she will bear witness on my behalf (John 15:26; TIV).

He breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit” (John 20:22; NIV).

Don’t you realise that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16; NLT).

Celtic Christianity (#2 of 2)

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world (Psalm 19:1-4; NIV).

The sun rides high
In the silent sky;
The heavens stream
With your light.

The planets shine
Beyond space and time;
Your moon reigns
Over the night.

Lord, they rejoice
To express your voice,
But we only fear
And grieve,

For we hide in shame 
When you call our name,
As you walk in the cool
Of the eve.

They heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden. And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself (Genesis 3:8-10; KJV). 

Stay close

The Lord is my shepherd (Psalm 23:1; KJV).

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). 

If we stay close to God
In life,
He’ll be close to us
in death.

He’ll walk beside us
Step by step,
And hold us
At our final breath,

Then carry us
To heaven above –
Safe in his
Unfailing love.

✝️

I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever (Psalm 23:6; KJV).

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

 


Close your eyes

The Lord is full of tenderness and mercy (James 5:11; NLT). 

1. Close your eyes to seek Christ’s face:
Full of mercy, light and grace.

2. Lift your gaze to catch his smile:
He won’t censure or revile.

3. Look at him, and watch his love
Pouring down from heaven above.

4. Talk with Christ; ask him to heal:
He will know just how you feel.

5. Your faith, your doubts, your hopes, your fears,
Your suffering throughout the years –

6. He sees, and knows, and shares them all:
Each loss, each pain, each grief, each fall.

7. He sees, and knows, and shares each one:
Our Lord, who died for us – God’s Son.

8. At last, receive his healing touch:
Rejoice! He loves you very much.

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


References

1. I will see you face to face (Psalm 17:15; NLT). 

2. The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbour his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities (Psalm 103:8-10; NIV).

3. No power in the sky above or in the earth below – indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:39; NLT).

4. I love the Lord because he hears my voice (Psalm 116:1; NLT).

5. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all the same testings we do (Hebrews 4:15; NLT).  

6. O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me (Psalm 139:1; NLT).

7. In all their suffering he also suffered (Isaiah 63:9; NLT). 

God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were sinners (Romans 5:8; NLT).

8. I am the Lord, who heals you (Exodus 15:27; NIV).

 


 

Our Father reigns

The Lord is King forever and ever!
(Psalm 10:16; NLT). 

1. Our Father reigns
In heaven and earth.

2. His Son is present
In us all.

3. His Spirit waits
Within each soul.

4. His one desire:
To make us whole.

🖤

His hands make whole.
(Job 5:18; NHEB).


References

1. O Lord, God of our ancestors, you alone are the God who is in heaven. You are ruler of all the kingdoms of the earth (2 Chronicles 20:6; NLT).

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

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

The Lord must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion (Isaiah 30:18; NLT).

4. The Lord longs to be gracious to you (Isaiah 30:18; NIV).


 


Beginning

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
(Genesis 1:1; KJV).

1. Father: the beginning;
Heaven and earth
Created out of love. 

2. Holy Ghost: descending
Over sunless waters,
Like a dove.

3. Jesus Christ: forgiving;
Light in darkness
Ceaselessly outpoured.

4. Here I am: returning
To paradise, with you,
My living Lord.

🖤

Pray continually.
(1 Thessalonians 5:16; NIV).

 


References

1. In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth (Genesis 1:1; KJV). 

2. As Jesus came up out of the water, he saw the heavens splitting apart and the Holy Spirit descending on him like a dove (Mark 1:10; NLT).

The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters (Genesis 1:2; KJV).

3. Through this man Jesus there is forgiveness for your sins (Acts 13:38; NLT).  

The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it (John 1:4-5; NLT). 

4. Then the Lord called Samuel, and he answered, “Here I am” (1 Samuel 3:4; CSB). 

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

Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43; NIV).

The Lord lives! (2 Samuel 22:47; NLT).

 


 

Healing (for R.B.)

The Lord is King forever and ever!
(Psalm 10:16; NLT). 

1. The Lord is King of heaven and earth,
Yet stoops to offer us his love.

2. His Son is here, in everyone,
Ready to teach us what is good.

3. His Holy Spirit waits in all
To heal in flesh, mind, heart, and soul.

4. He longs for us to turn to him;
His one desire: to make us whole.

🧡

His hands make whole
(Job 5;18; NHEB).


References

1. O Lord, God of our ancestors, you alone are the God who is in heaven. You are ruler of all the kingdoms of the earth (2 Chronicles 20:6; NLT).

He stoops to look down on heaven and on earth (Psalm 113:6; NLT). 

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

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

Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect (Romans 12:2; NLT).

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

The Lord must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion (Isaiah 30:18; NLT).

Think of it – the Lord is ready to heal me! (Isaiah 38:20; NLT). 

4. The Lord longs to be gracious to you (Isaiah 30:18; NIV).


 

Oneness

Blessed art thou,
O Lord the God of Israel,
our Father from eternity to eternity
(1 Chronicles 29:10; DRB).

Blessed are you, Lord,
The Maker of heaven
And earth.

You are over, within,
And living through
All you create.

We live and move,
And have being, Lord,
Only in you.

We are one with you,
One with all people,
And all that exists.

There is no beginning;
No past, and no future;
No end –

Just this timeless moment, Lord,
One
In your infinite love.


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

_____________________________

Please heal my sickness (#5 of 6 linked prayers)

He forgives all my sins
and heals all my diseases
(Psalm 103:3; NLT).

Lord,
Please heal my sickness,
My wretchedness,
My pain;

Forgive my sins;
Renew my youth;
Restore my strength again.

Lord,
Please rescue me from death:
Look down from heaven above,

Cut short my anguish;
End my pain;
And crown me with your love.

He redeems me from death
and crowns me with love
(Psalm 103:4; NLT).


We are only dust

We are only dust
(Psalm 103:14; NLT). 

Lord,

We are only dust,
But you are all:
From every star
To every grain of sand.

All you create is part of you,
Our Father;
All you beget
Remains within your hand.

All that exists
Is one with your Holy Spirit;
One with your only Son,
So we adore:

Heaven and earth, the firmament,
All creatures,
And every speck of dust,
For evermore.

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

Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one who is over all things (1 Chronicles 29:11; NLT).