Like incense

Accept my prayer
as incense offered to you
(Psalm 141:2; NLT).

May my prayers
Rise like incense,
My faith
Blaze like fire;

My trust
Shine like yours, Lord,
My love
Never tire.

May your light
Rest upon me,
Your heart
Be my shrine;

Your peace
Dwell within me,
Our souls
Intertwine.

We know how much God loves us,
and we have put our trust in his love.
God is love,
and all who live in love live in God,
and God lives in them
(1 John 4:16; NLT).


God’s presence

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). 

God’s presence surrounds you
Below and above:
Rest in his shelter,
And breathe in his love.

His presence extends
On your left and your right:
Live in his goodness,
And walk in his light.

God’s presence supports you
Without and within:
Tell him your sorrows,
And whisper each sin.

His presence goes with you
Before and behind:
Pray; rejoice; thank him,
And always be kind.

God’s presence stays with you
Wherever you roam:
Trust in him, always –
Your heart is his home.

Jesus replied, “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them” (John 14:23; NLT).

When you give me light (for A.K.)

I send good times and bad times.
I, the Lord,
am the one who does these things
(Isaiah 45:7; NLT).

The Lord gave me what I had,
and the Lord has taken it away.
Praise the name of the Lord
(Job 1:21; NLT).

Father,
When you give me light
I praise your holy name.

When you send me
Clouds and darkness,
May I do the same. 

Father,
When you grant me peace
I bless your sacred name.

When you send me
Fear and anguish,
May I do the same.

Father,
When you give me joy
I praise your holy name.

When you send me
Grief and sorrow,
May I do the same.

Father,
When you grant me health
I bless your sacred name.

When you send me
Pain and sickness,
May I do the same.

Father,
While you give me life
I’ll praise your holy name.

When you call me home
In death,
May I do just the same.

I will praise the Lord at all times
(Psalm 34:1; NLT).

Old and weary

Now that I am old and grey,
do not abandon me, O God
(Psalm 71:18; NLT). 

Father,
I am old and weary,
Sick and fragile,
Weak, in pain.

Give me, Lord,
The hope I long for;
Grant me, Lord,
Your strength again.

Father,
I am sad and lonely,
Selfish,
Sinful to the core.

Send me, Lord,
The faith I search for;
Show me, Lord,
Your love once more.

Show me your unfailing love
(Psalm 17:7; NLT).

Together

We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them
(1 John 4:16; NLT).

Father,
Let us live together
In your love,
For evermore.

Jesus,
Let us walk together
In your light,
For evermore.

Spirit,
Let us rest together
In your bliss,
For evermore;

And, Lord,
Let us stay together –
Here, on earth,
And evermore.

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

Dwelling in darkness

Clouds and thick darkness surround him
(Psalm 97:2; NIV).

Dwelling in darkness,
Concealed from our sight,
Yet shining forever:
Our God, who is light.

Vast, unapproachable,
Our heart’s desire,
Yet blazing within us:
Our God, who is fire.

Knowing our secrets,
Beyond human proof,
Yet speaking so clearly:
Our God, who is truth.

Mighty, alert,
Seeing all without cease,
Yet curbing his anger:
Our God, who is peace.

Yielding his Spirit,
His body and blood,
Yet reigning with mercy:
Our God, who is love.

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

Lost in stillness (#2 of 2 linked poems)

Be still and know that I am God.
(Psalm 46:10; NIV)



Lost in stillness;
Lost in prayer.
Lost in silence,
Joy, and light.

Lost in beauty;
Lost in love.
Lost in darkness:
Lost in God.

One in stillness;
One in prayer.
One in silence,
Joy, and light.

One in beauty;
One in love.
One in darkness:
One in God.

He has made known to us in all wisdom and insight the mystery of his will, according to his purpose which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
(Ephesians 1:9-10; RSV)

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In the darkness

The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness can never extinguish it
(John 1:5; NLT).

In the darkness,
Bands of light –

Gleaming,
Streaming,
Dazzling bright;

Watching,
Sharing with delight:
I love you.

In the stillness,
Waves of gold –

Growing,
Flowing,
New-born, old;

Spreading,
Coming to enfold:
You love me.

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