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).

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).

Your presence in me (2)

The blogs posted today and yesterday are mirror images. Today’s is about other people seeing God in us. Yesterday’s was about us seeing God in others.

 

When I’m with a neighbour
May they recognise
Your presence in me, Lord,
So they will see you in my eyes.

When I greet a stranger
May they seek and find
Your presence in me, Lord,
As they discover you are kind.

When I meet a foreigner
May they understand
Your presence in me, Lord,
Then they will gladly take my hand.

When somebody hurts me
May they grasp anew
Your presence in me, Lord,
When I forgive them, just like you.

 

References

Love your neighbour as yourself (Mark 12:31; NLT).

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

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

Love ye therefore the stranger (Deuteronomy 10:19; KJV).

Show love to foreigners (Deuteronomy 10:19; NLT).

Love your enemies (Matthew 5:44; NLT).

Pray for those who hurt you (Luke 6:28; NLT).

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

Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it (Hebrews 13:2; NIV).

Your presence in others (1)

The blogs posted today and tomorrow are mirror images. Today’s is about us seeing God in other people. Tomorrow’s will be about other people seeing God in us.

 

When I’m with a neighbour
May I recognise
Your presence in them, Lord,
Then I will see you in their eyes.

When I greet a stranger
May I keep in mind
Your presence in them, Lord,
So I will search for you, and find.

When I meet a foreigner
May I understand
Your presence in them, Lord,
Then I will offer them my hand.

When somebody hurts me
May I recollect
Your presence in them, Lord,
As I forgive, and reconnect.

 

References

Love your neighbour as yourself (Mark 12:31; NLT).

Their eyes were opened, and they recognised him (Luke 24:31; NLT).

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

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

Love ye therefore the stranger (Deuteronomy 10:19; KJV).

Show love to foreigners (Deuteronomy 10:19; NLT).

Love your enemies (Matthew 5:44; NLT).

Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it (Hebrews 13:2; NIV).

When I rest

 

When I rest,
You rest beside me,
Watching over me
In sleep.

When I walk,
You walk beside me,
Helping where the path
Is steep.

When I sit,
You sit beside me,
Teaching me
The way ahead.

When I fear,
You stay beside me,
Sharing all my tears
And dread.

When I stray
You stray beside me,
Guarding me with staff
And rod.

When I pray,
You pray beside me,
Lifting up my heart
To God.

 

References

He who watches over you will not slumber (Psalm 121:3; NIV).

As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them (Luke 24:15; NIV).

Jesus told him, “I am the way” (John 14:6; NLT).

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

Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me (Psalm 23:4; NLT).

The Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words (Romans 8:26; RSV).

In all things

 

Lord,

You’re present
In all things,
But we don’t recognise 
Your face,

Or thank you, Lord,
For all you do
To make us new,
And give us grace.

 

References

When they look, they won’t really see (Luke 8:10; NLT).

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

Seek his face always (1 Chronicles 16:11; NIV).

Suddenly, their eyes were opened, and they recognised him (Luke 24:31; NLT).

Give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NIV).

He renews you by his love (Zephaniah 3:17; NET).

He gives us grace (Psalm 84:11; NLT).

 

Silence

When we’re afraid 
To face ourselves in silence,  
May we hear the whisper 
Of your voice. 

When we’re afraid 
To face ourselves in private,
May we know your presence,
And rejoice. 

When we’re afraid 
To face ourselves in stillness,
May we find your peace of mind
And love.

When we’re afraid 
To face ourselves in darkness,
May we sense the advent
Of your dove.

 

References

After the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper (1 Kings 19:12; NLT). 

I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence! If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave you are there (Psalm 139:7-8; NLT).

I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart (John 14:27; NLT). 

The Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light,”  and there was light (Genesis 1:2-3; NLT).