Give us this day (for E.)

Give us this day our daily bread.
(Matthew 6:11; KJV).

Lord, 

Give us this day the energy
To do what we must do,
And all the faithfulness we need
To serve and worship you.

Give us this day the honesty
To say what we must say,
And all the inner peace we need
To thank you, praise, and pray.

Give us this day the confidence
To go where we must go,
And all the strength of mind we need
To bless both friend and foe.

Give us this day the fortitude
To face what we must face,
And all the qualities we need
To spread your truth and grace.

Give us this day the constancy
To bear what we must bear,
And all empathy we need
To listen, mourn, and share.

Give us this day the readiness
To follow, as you bid,
And all the love we need, Lord God,
To live as Jesus did.

🖤

It is the Lord your God you must follow, and him you must revere.
(Deuteronomy 13:4; NIV). 

As we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world (1 John 4:17; NLT).

 


My Father and my Mother (#1 of 2)

Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise you!
(Psalm 63:3; NLT). 

Lord,
My Father, and my Mother,
Always helping me each day:
I praise you. 

Lord,
My Sister, and my Brother,
Always showing me the way:
I bless you. 

Lord,
My Shepherd, and my Lover,
Always seeking when I stray:
I thank you. 

Lord,
My God – there is no other,
Always hearing when I pray:
I trust you.

🖤

I trust in you, my God!
(Psalm 25:2; NLT).


 

Whatever I must face

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

You must grow in the grace and knowledge
of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
(2 Peter 3:18; NLT).

Lord,
Whatever I must I face,
I want to grow in truth and grace;
To shine your light in every place:
I love you. 

Lord,
Whatever comes each day,
I want to take your selfless way;
To thank you, praise, rejoice, and say:
I love you.

Lord,
Whatever life may bring,
I want to follow you, my King;
To worship you, exalt, and sing:
I love you.

Lord,
Whatever I must bear,
I want to serve you everywhere;
To bear my cross, and still declare:
I love you. 

🖤

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).

I love you, Lord (Psalm 18:1; NLT).


I drink you in

With joy you will drink deeply
from the fountain of salvation

(Isaiah 12:3: NLT).

I drink you in,
And praise your name,

For, Son of Man,
You are the same

Today, tomorrow,
Without end:

My Maker, Saviour,
Lord, and Friend.

💙

Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart’”
(John 7:38; NLT).


You wait within

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

You wait within, Lord,
To forgive,
Yearning to help us grow
And live. 

You wait within
To make us whole,
Aching to save and heal
Each soul.

You wait within, Lord,
Every day,
Thirsting to hear us praise
And pray.

You wait within
To share each test,
Longing to give us peace
And rest. 

❤️

The Lord longs to be gracious to you
(Isaiah 30:18; NIV).


I long for you

I long for the Lord
more than sentries long for the dawn
(Psalm 130:6; NLT).

I long for you, Lord,
And for death,
When I will take
My final breath,

Then share, at last,
Your joy and grace,
While gazing on
Your shining face.

I thirst for you, Lord,
And for bliss,
As I await
Your loving kiss,

Then share, at last,
Your peace and light,
While praising you
With all my might.


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


Help those who never hear

God speaks again and again, 
though people do not recognise it
(Job 33:14; NLT).

Help those who never hear your voice,
Although creation sings your praise. 

Bless those who never see your face,
Although your glance sets stars ablaze.

Heal those who never know your love,
Although you cherish all you make. 

Guide those who never try to pray,
Although their sorry hearts may break.  

Teach those who never seek your Son,
Although he dwells within us all.

Draw those who never grasp, Lord God,
That you must wait, until we call. 

The Lord must wait for you to come to him
so he can show you his love and compassion

(Isaiah 30:18; NLT).

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Failing

My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever (Psalm 73:26; NLT).

Lord,
My health is failing:
I’m weary, slow, and lame.

Please help me still to walk with you,
Rejoice,
And praise your name. 

My spirit, Lord, is failing:
Forgetful, sad,
And weak.

Please help me still to wait for you,
To listen, pray,
And seek.

Yet, still, my heart is strong, Lord:
Forever,
We are one.

Please help me to accept my lot
With thanks:
Your will be done. 

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NIV).

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).