Silence

After praying for others,
Then for myself,
I worship quietly.

Slowly, words dwindle;
Thoughts die away;
My breathing slows,

And in a silence beyond words,
Far beyond thought,
I enter your presence.

Here, I absorb your light and your love;
Receive your forgiveness and healing;
Drink in your strength and peace.

Here, you show me
All I need to learn.

Father,
My soul is united with yours.
You are all that matters.
May this moment never end.

My heart belongs to you.
My life is in your hands.
Do with me as you will.

References

Be silent before the Sovereign Lord (Zephaniah 1:7; NIV).

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him (Psalm 37:7).

Let it be to me according to your word (Luke 1:38; NRSV).

I didn’t know

When I was one with God
Before my birth,
I didn’t know
That I would come to earth.

And when I came to earth,
A little child,
I didn’t realise
I had been exiled.

When I was exiled here
To seek and yearn,
I never guessed
How much I’d have to learn.

And when I learned
How hard this life can be,
I didn’t think
Salvation would be free.

When I found new hope
Through Jesus Christ,
I didn’t grasp
What he had sacrificed.

And when I understood
His gift of love,
I never thought
That I would drink his blood.

When I drank his blood
He made me whole.
At last, I knew my origin
And goal.

So I pursue that goal
With all my might –
To reunite with God,
Who shares our plight.

References

I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1:5; NLT).

This is what the Sovereign Lord says: O my people, I will open your graves of exile and cause you to rise again (Ezekiel 37:12; NLT).

Learn to do good (Isaiah 1:17; NLT).

The wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23; NLT).

Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed for us (1 Corinthians 5:7; NLT).

He took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them and said, “Each of you drink from it, for this is my blood” (Matthew 26:27-8; 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).

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

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

When I’m with a neighbour (3)

 

Working on the linked prayers blogged on 6.5.19. and 7.5.19. showed me that seeing God in others, and others seeing God in us, is one and the same, for we are all one in God, and God is one in us.

 

When I’m with a neighbour
May I recognise
Your presence in us both,
For we are one, Lord, in your eyes.

When I greet a stranger
May I seek and find
Your presence in us both,
For we are one, Lord, in your mind.

When I meet a foreigner
May I understand
Your presence in us both,
For we are one, Lord, in your hand.

When somebody hurts me
May I grasp anew
Your presence in us both,
For we are one, Lord God, in you.

 

References

You are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28; NLT).

I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one – as you are in me, Father, and I am in you (John 17:21; NLT).

There is one Lord […] who is over all and in all and living through all (Ephesians 4:5-6; NLT).

King of kings

 

Lord,
In contemplation,
May I forget my cares,
So I can lose myself in you,
For you know all my prayers.

Lord,
In contemplation,
May I forget to plead,
So I can lose myself in you,
For you know what I need.

Lord,
In contemplation,
May I forget each friend,
So I can lose myself in you
As words come to an end.

Lord,
In contemplation,
May I forget each foe,
So I can lose myself in you,
And leave behind all woe.

Lord,
In contemplation,
May I forget to pray,
So I can lose myself in you
And leave life far away.

Lord,
In contemplation,
May I forget all things,
Until, at last, there’s only you,
Lord God, the King of kings.

 

References

God has made me forget all my troubles (Genesis 41:51; NLT).

You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord (Psalm 139:4; NIV).

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

Be silent before the Sovereign Lord (Zephaniah 1:7; NIV).

He is Lord of all lords, and King of all kings (Revelation 17:14; NLT).

 

God our Father

 

God our Father,
Holy One,
You love us all
And sent your Son.

Mary, Mother,
Holy Maid,
You heard God’s message
And obeyed.

Jesus, Saviour,
Holy Child,
Through you all things
Are reconciled.

Spirit, Helper,
Holy Dove,
You unify us
In God’s love.

 

References

This is real love – not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins (1 John 4:40; NLT).

Mary said, Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word (Luke 1:38; RSV).

God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself (Colossians 1:19-20; NLT).

We have all been baptised into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:13; NLT).

I love you, Father

 

To say, “I love you, Father”,
Is the same as, “You love me”,
For I am one with you, Lord God,
And you are one with me.

To say, “We love you, Father”,
Is the same as, “You love us”,
For we are one with you, Lord God,
And you are one with us.

To say, “They love you, Father”,
Is the same as, “You love them”,
For they are one with you, Lord God,
And you are one with them.

And though we don’t all love you, Lord,
We know you love us all,
And that you wait for us to turn
To you, and hear your call.

 

References

I love you, Lord (Psalm 18:1; NLT).

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

Whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17; NIV).

I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one (John 17:22; NLT).

Anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love (1 John 4:8; NLT).

The Lord is good to everyone. He showers compassion on all his creation (Psalm 145:9; NLT).

God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16; 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 of your sins and turn to God (Matthew 4:17; NLT).

Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts (Hebrews 4:7; NIV).

I ask you in

 

I love you, Lord,
And ask you in;
May my flesh be
Your breathing-space.

I love you, Lord,
And ask you in;
My mind, your earthly
Dwelling-place.

I love you, Lord,
And ask you in;
My heart, a home
Where you may rest.

I love you, Lord,
And ask you in;
My soul, your temple,
You, my guest.

 

References

I love you, Lord (Psalm 18:1; NLT).

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me (Revelation 3:20; NIV).

We have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16; NLT).

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).

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

When Jesus came by, he looked up at Zacchaeus and called him by name. “Zacchaeus!” he said. “Quick, come down! I must be a guest in your home today” (Luke 19:5; NLT).