Hope


Give all your worries and cares to God,
for he cares about you
(1 Peter 5:7; NLT).

Lord,
Whatever life may bring,
I want share it all with you,

For, whatever hardships come,
You will always help me through.

Lord,
Whatever I must face,
You will strengthen me to cope,

So, in sickness and distress,
Your constant presence gives me hope.

Let all that I am wait quietly before God,
for my hope is in him
(Psalm 62:5; NLT).


Your healing touch

I am Raphael, one of the seven holy angels, which present the prayers of the saints, and which go in and out before the glory of the Holy One
(Tobit 12:15; KJV).

God sent me […] to cure you
(Tobit 12:13-14; GNTA).

Lord Jesus, 

Please give Raphael
Your gentle, healing touch,
Then send him down to help us,
For you love us all so much.

You see our trials and sorrows, Lord,
You hear our anguished cries;
You share our grief and pain;
Your Spirit prays for us with sighs.

You know, Lord, how we suffer here
In mind and body, heart and soul,
But with his help we will be healed:
Your touch will make us whole.


In one of the villages, Jesus met a man with an advanced case of leprosy. When the man saw Jesus, he bowed with his face to the ground, begging to be healed. “Lord,” he said, “if you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean.” Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!” And instantly the leprosy disappeared (Luke 5:12-13; NLT).


There’s nothing I can do

Can a person do anything to help God?
Can
even a wise person be helpful to him?
(Job 22:2; NLT).

There’s nothing I can do, Lord,
To repay you
For all the love you give me
When I pray.

Nothing I can do, Lord,
To repay you
For your salvation, poured out
Though I stray.

There’s nothing I can do, Lord,
To repay you
For healing me in body, mind,
and soul.

Nothing I can do, Lord,
To repay you
For your forgiveness,
As you make me whole.

There’s nothing I can do, Lord,
To repay you
For helping me each step
Along the way.

Nothing I can do, Lord,
To repay you –
Nothing, but to thank you
Every day.


Thank him for all he has done
(Philippians 4:6; NLT).


Rest

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

Father,

Life is tough,
And change is hard.

Please help me to live
More restfully,

By doing only one task at a time,
Never hurrying,

And taking the pressure off everything –
Even prayer,

Until my soul finds rest, at last,
In you.


My soul finds rest in God
(Psalm 62:1; NIV).

You know me so well

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1. You know me so well, Lord,
And see all I do.
You know me in full,
Having watched, as I grew.

2. You know me so well,
For you hear all I say,
And help me to govern
My tongue every day.

3. You know me so well,
For you read every thought,
And help me to capture each one,
As I ought.

4. You know me so well,
For you sense how I feel.
You live in my heart,
Where you share each ordeal.

5. You know how I suffer,
And help me to cope.
You stay by my side,
Bringing comfort and hope.

6. You know all that happens
To me every day.
You see how I stumble
On your narrow way.

7. You know me completely,
And love me so well,
Although I am nothing –
A frail, empty shell.

8. You always know best,
So I bow to your will,
Accepting whatever you send,
Good or ill.

🤎


References

1. All that I now know is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely (1 Corinthians 13:12; NLT).

2. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely (Psalm 139:4; NIV).

The tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself. People can tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and fish, but no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison (James 3:6-8; NLT).

3. You perceive my thoughts from afar (Psalm 139:2; NIV).

We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5; NIV).

4. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart (1 Samuel 16:7; NIV).

The Lord sees every heart and knows every plan (1 Chronicles 28:9; NLT).

You are the temple of the living God (2 Corinthians 6:16; NLT).

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

5. Since he himself has gone through suffering and testing, he is able to help us when we are being tested (Hebrews 2:18; NLT).

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me (Psalm 23:4; KJV).

6. The Lord looks down from heaven on the entire human race (Psalm 14:2; NLT).

The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand (Psalm 37:24; NIV).

The gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life (Matthew 7:14; NASB).

7. You have searched me, Lord, and you know me (Psalm 139:1; NIV).

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

He knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust (Psalm 103:14; NLT).

Remember how short my life is, how empty and futile this human existence! (Psalm 89:47; NLT).

8. God is greater than our feelings, and he knows everything (1 John 3:20; NLT).

I send good times and bad times (Isaiah 45:7; NLT).

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

Help me, Lord

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You are to be perfect,
even as your Father in heaven is perfect
(Matthew 5:48; NLT).

1. Help me, Lord,
To follow in your footsteps,
To walk with you,
And slowly be reformed.

2. Help me, Lord,
To understand your teaching,
To sit with you,
And gladly be transformed.

3. Help me, Lord,
To love and serve, as you did,
Like you in all I feel, think, say,
And do.

4. Help me, Lord,
To live and die as you did,
For then, at last, I’ll reunite
With you.

🤎


References

1. 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).

2. 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 (Romans 12:2; NLT).

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

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

God is good

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Only God is truly good (Luke 18:19; NLT).

1. God is good —
There’s nothing more to say.
He longs for us,
And wants to help each day.

2. God is great —
There’s nothing else to add.
He cares for us,
When we are sick, or sad.

3. God is perfect —
Who will dare deny?
He watches us
And understands each sigh.

4. God is faithful —
None can disagree.
He loves us all, and waits
For you and me.

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References

1. The Lord is good (Psalm 34:8; NLT).

God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble (Psalm 46:1; NLT).

I hold you by your right hand – I, the Lord your God. And I say to you, “Don’t be afraid. I am here to help you” (Isaiah 41:13; NLT).

2. God is great (Psalm 70:4; NLT).

Though the Lord is great, he cares for the humble (Psalm 138:6; NLT).

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

3. Your Father in heaven is perfect (Matthew 5:48; NLT).

He watches everyone closely, examining every person on earth (Psalm 11:4; NLT).

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

4. God is faithful (1 Corinthians 10:13; NLT).

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

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

Repent and turn to God

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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).

1. Repent,
And turn to God.
Open your mind –
Then wait,
Until his Spirit comes
To help you.

2. Repent,
And turn to God.
Open your heart –
Then wait,
Until his Spirit comes
To teach you.

3. Repent,
And turn to God.
Open your soul –
Then wait,
Until his Spirit comes
To cheer you.

4. Repent,
And turn to God.
Open your hands –
Then wait,
Until his Spirit comes
To fill you.

5. Repent,
And turn to God.
Open your eyes –
Then see, and love, and serve
His Son
In all.

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References

1. He will give you another Advocate, [Comforter, Encourager, Counsellor] who will never leave you (John 14:16; NLT).

Wait patiently for him (Psalm 37:7; NIV).

The Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness (Romans 8:26; NLT).

2. The Spirit teaches you everything you need to know (1 John 2:27; NLT).

3. He will give you another Comforter, that he may be with you for ever (John 14:16; DBY).

4. We know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love (Romans 5:5; NLT).

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

May the Lord make your love for one another and for all people grow and overflow (1 Thessalonians 3:12; NLT).

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, my emphasis).

This little cross

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1. This little cross
Is made of faith.
It teaches me
Your way.

2. This little cross
Is made of hope.
It helps me
Through each day.

3. This little cross
Is made of love
For everyone
Whose life I touch.

4. This little cross
Is made of prayer,
Because I need you, Lord,
So much.

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References

1-3. Three things will last forever – faith, hope, and love – and the greatest of these is love (1 Corinthians 13:13; NLT).

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

Be kind to everyone (2 Timothy 2:24; NLT).

Anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf is welcoming me (Matthew 18:5; 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).

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

God blesses those who are poor and realise their need for him (Matthew 5:3; NLT).

Hold me fast

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Your right hand will hold me fast
(Psalm 139:10; NIV).

1. Hold me fast
When I forget you.

2. Hold me, Father,
When I stray.

3. Hold me close
When I am weary.

4. Hold me
When I cannot pray.

5. Hold me safe
When I’m in danger.

6. Hold me, Father,
When I cry.

7. Hold me tight
When I’m in pain,

8. And hold me, Lord,
When I must die.

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References

1. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle by the farthest sea, even there your hand will guide me; your right hand will hold me fast (Psalm 139:9-10; BSB).

2. I have strayed like a lost sheep. Seek your servant, for I have not forgotten your commands (Psalm 119:176; NIV).

3. The Lord will hold me close (Psalm 27:10; NLT).

4. I hold you by your right hand – I, the Lord your God. And I say to you, “Don’t be afraid. I am here to help you” (Isaiah 41:13; NLT).

We do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words (Romans 8:26; RSV).

5. You hold me safe beyond the reach of my enemies (Psalm 18:48; NLT).

6. Hear my prayer, O Lord; let my cry come to you (Psalm 102:1; ESV).

7. I cling to you; your strong right hand holds me securely (Psalm 63:8; NLT).

I am suffering and in pain (Psalm 69:29; NLT).

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

8. All of us must die eventually (2 Samuel 14:14; NLT).

Our God is a God who saves! The Sovereign Lord rescues us from death (Psalm 68:20; NLT).