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The Son of God

 

The Son of God came down to earth
In flesh and bones and blood,
And now his Spirit lives in us
To show us all his love.

He struggled to survive this world
Of hunger, thirst, and cold,
And now his Spirit lives in us
To make us strong and bold.

He came to set the world on fire
With faith, and hope, and care,
And now his Spirit lives in us
To comfort, and to share.

He drained the dregs from sorrow’s cup
Of anguish, pain, and tears,
And now his Spirit lives in us
To help us face our fears.

Our Saviour suffered life and death,
Humble, poor, roughshod;
And now his Spirit lives in us
To guide us back to God.

 

References

When the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law (Galatians 4:4; NLT).

The Spirit of God lives in you (1 Corinthians 3:16; NLT).

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).

He will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit (Ephesians 3:16; NLT).

I have come to set the world on fire (Luke 12:49; NLT).

He will give you another Advocate [Comforter, Encourager, Counsellor], who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth (John 14:16-17; NLT).

Shall I not drink from the cup of suffering the Father has given me? (John 18:11; NLT).

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

Look, your king is coming to you. He is righteous and victorious, yet he is humble, riding on a donkey (Zechariah 9:9; NLT).

We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” (2 Corinthians 5:20; NLT).

 

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Life brings suffering (2)

 

Today’s prayer links back to yesterday’s. Whilst the previous one was about sharing the sufferings of Christ, today’s focuses on sharing the sufferings of others.

 

Father,

Life brings suffering
And pain.

May we bear it, learn from it,
And gain

In empathy and love,
So we can share

The suffering of all,
And show we care.

 

References

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

When your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow (James 1:3; NLT).

Mourn with those who mourn (Romans 12:15; NRSV).

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

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Thank you for my life

Thank you for my life, Lord,
My exile here on earth,
For all I have experienced
And learned.

Thank you for my wounds, Lord,
My healing at your hands;
For all the care I’ve welcomed
And returned.

Thank you for my darkness, Lord,
My losses, and my grief;
For all the times I’ve laid awake
At night.

Thank you for my sins, Lord,
My sorrow and my shame;
For all the ways I’ve tried
To put things right.

Thank you for your gifts, Lord,
Your blessings, and your joy;
For all the fears
I’ve worked to overthrow.

Thank you for my home, Lord,
My kindred, food, and drink;
For all the ways I’ve had to change
And grow.

Thank you for your teaching, Lord,
Your pattern, faith and hope;
For all the sickness
I have had to face.

Thank you for your crown, Lord,
Your forgiveness, and your love;
My birth, life, death, and, most of all,
Your grace.

References 

When I bring you home from exile, you will be like a pleasing sacrifice to me (Ezekiel 20:41; NLT).

Though he wounds, he also bandages. He strikes, but his hands also heal (Job 5:18; NLT).

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

If you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift (Matthew 5:23-4; NIV).

Be thankful in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18; NIV).

He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies (Psalm 103:2-4; NLT).

God saved you by his grace when you believed (Ephesians 2:8; NLT).

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How did you hold back?

 

Father,

How did you hold back
As Christ was whipped and mocked?
How did you contain your wrath
Towards the crowds who flocked?

How did you prepare to watch
Your Son’s last sacrifice?
How did you stay silent
When the soldiers threw their dice?

How did you endure it
When they nailed him to the cross?
How did you bear up, Lord,
As you shared his pain and loss?

How did you contain your grief
As he paid for our sin?
How did you forgive all those
Who scoffed, and taunted him?

How did you respond
When Jesus took his final breath?
You opened wide your arms, Lord,
And received his soul, in death.

 

References

He ordered Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip, then turned him over to the Roman Soldiers to be crucified (Mark 15:15; NLT).

The mob roared even louder, “Crucify him!” (Matthew 27:23; NLT).

The solderers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice (Matthew 27:35; NLT).

Then the soldiers nailed him to the cross (Mark 15:24; NLT).

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

He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that made us whole, and with his stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5; RSV).

“He saved others,” they scoffed, “but he can’t save himself! (Matthew 27:42; NLT).

Then Jesus shouted, “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!” And with those words he breathed his last (Luke 23:46; NLT).

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

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Spring flowers

 

Golden gorse, you gladly sing
To greet the birth of Christ our King.

Drifts of bluebells softly say:
Remember Mary every day.

Snow-white hawthorn tells us of
Transfiguration by God’s love.

Blackthorn gives a warning cry:
Jesus lives, yet he must die.

Swaying palms, you shout with loud
Hosannas, like the joyful crowd.

A tree is felled, to make the cross
On which Christ’s life-blood will be lost.

Fragile primrose whispers: pain
And death; but he will rise again.

Easter lily, awed and hushed:
He lives in me. It is enough.

 

References

The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen (Luke 2:20; NLT).

Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word (Luke 1:38; KJV).

There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light (Matthew 17:2; NIV).

This is my dearly loved Son. Listen to him! (Mark 9:7; NLT).

The Son of Man must die, as the scriptures declared long ago (Matthew 26:24; NLT).

The next day a great crowd who had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying, “Hosanna!” (John 12:12-13; RSV).

Then the soldiers nailed him to the cross (Mark 15:24; NLT).

Remember what he told you back in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be betrayed into the hands of sinful men and be crucified, and that he would rise again on the third day (Luke 24:7; NLT).

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

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Giving up

 

Father God,
I feel like giving up;

Turning my face to the wall,
And giving up.

Yet with your help, Lord,
I can scale this wall,

And stand up to a multitude
Of fears;

For with you
There is strength, Lord God,
And healing;

But without you
Only hopelessness,
And tears.

 

References

So I gave up in despair (Ecclesiasticus 2:20; NLT).

When Hezekiah heard this, he turned his face to the wall (2 Kings 20:2; NLT).

With your help I can advance against a troop, with my God I can scale a wall (2 Samuel 22:30; NIV).

The Lord God is my strength (Isaiah 12:2; NLT).

He heals the brokenhearted (Psalm 147:3; NLT).

You lived in this world without God and without hope (Ephesians 2:12; NLT).

Day and night I have only tears for food (Psalm 42:3; NLT).

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I am content

 

Lord,
I am content
With what you send.

Health and illness
Both flow from your hand;

Poverty and plenty
From above –

You know what I need,
For you are love.

 

Lord,
I am content
With what you give.

Joy and grief
Are lessons I must live;

Disaster, healing touch,
Smooth path, or rough –

You know what I need,
And that’s enough.

 

Lord,
I am content
With what you grant.

May I learn to face
What you command;

For you, Lord, suffer with me,
Like your Son,

And you know what I need –
Your will be done.

 

References

Be it unto me according to thy word (Luke 1:38; KJV).

I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances (Philippians 4:11; NIV).

Do not despise the discipline of the Almighty. For he wounds, but he also binds up; he injures, but his hands also heal (Job: 5:17; NIV).

Your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him (Matthew 6:8; NLT).

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

Though the Lord gave you adversity for food and suffering for drink, he will still be with you to teach you (Isaiah 30:20; NLT).

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

Surely he has borne our infirmities and carried our diseases (Isaiah 53:4; NRSV).

Your will be done (Matthew 6:10; NLT).

 

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