Mirror-image Lent reflections

 

1. We have hurt others

Heal them, Lord,
The people we have damaged.

Heal them, Lord,  
Until they can forgive.

Heal them, Lord,
Till they no longer hate us.

Heal us, Lord, 
So all may fully live.

 

2. Others have hurt us 

Heal us, Lord,
Till we love those who’ve hurt us.

Heal us, Lord, 
Until we can forgive.

Heal us, Lord,
Till we no longer hate them. 

Heal us, Lord,
So all may fully live.

 

References

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

We have all sinned against you (Jeremiah 14:20; NLT).

Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing (Luke 23:34; NLT).

Love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you (Luke 6:28; NLT).

Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her (John 8:7; RSV).

I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10; NIV). 

How I love you!

Father, my Creator, 
How I love you!
Help me as I worship you 
Today. 

Mary, my Protector, 
How I love you! 
Help me to thank God, 
Rejoice, and pray. 

Jesus, my Redeemer, 
How I love you!
Help me to serve in thought, 
And word, and deed. 

Spirit, my Companion,
How I love you!
Quicken my soul, Lord, 
Whispering, “Godspeed!”

 

References

Worship the Lord in the splendour of his holiness (Psalm 29:2; NLT).

Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; RSV).

Whoever wants to be first must take last place and be the servant of everyone else (Mark 9:35; NLT).

Quicken me in thy way (Romans 119:37; DBY).

Look forward to the day of God and speed its coming (2 Peter 3:12; NIV).

Rain, your tears, Lord

Today is the first day of Lent, so I want to share with you a favourite poem I first posted a long time ago:

 

Rain,
Your tears, Lord;
Sun,
Your light.

Stars,
Your beauty;
Frost,
Your night.

Fire,
Your anger;
Earth,
Your bed.

Rocks,
Your footpath;
Stones,
Your bread.

Blood,
Your life force;
Dust,
Your flesh.

Fear,
Your anguish;
Pain,
Your death.

 

References

Foxes have dens to live in, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place even to lay his head (Luke 9:58; NLT).

If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread (Matthew 4:3; NLT).

Then the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground (Genesis 2:7; NLT).

He was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood (Luke 22:44; NLT).

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? (Mark 15:34; NLT).