God lives

From eternity to eternity I am God
(Isaiah 43:13; NLT).

1. God lives in one eternal moment,
Far beyond all time and space.

2. Past and future are the same:
He sees all now, with boundless grace.

3. And though I’m nothing, made of dust,
And subject to the rule of time,

4. He lets me share this constant now,
For I am his, and he is mine.

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).


References

1. God sits above the circle of the earth. The people below seem like grasshoppers to him (Isaiah 40:22-24; NLT).

2. He … lives forever (Isaiah 57:16; NIV). 

He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins (Ephesians 1:7; NLT).

3. I am nothing but dust (Genesis 18:27; NIV). 

People cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end (Ecclesiastes 3:11: NLT). 

4. I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit (Isaiah 57:16; NIV). 

I am his (Song of Songs 2:16; NLT). 


 

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).


Everything, everywhere, everyone

Lord,
May I hold fast to you
Forever, day and night,
Sharing everything with you,
And walking in your light.

Lord,
May I remain in you
As you remain in me,
Then I will find you everywhere,
In all I hear and see.

Lord,
May I encounter you
In those whose lives I touch,
For you are here in everyone,
And love us all so much.

References

1. Hold fast to the Lord your God (Joshua 23:8; NIV).

2. Remain in me, and I will remain in you (John 15:4; NLT).

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

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

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I feel so empty

Remember how short my life is,
how empty and futile this human existence! 

(Psalm 89:47; NLT).

Lord,
I feel so empty:
My flesh is only clay.
I used to share my life with you,
Yet now I cannot pray. 

Lord,
I feel so empty:
My mind has lost its way.
I used to say the office,
Yet no longer try to pray. 

Lord,
I feel so empty:
My heart has gone astray.
I used to plead for others,
Yet no longer love to pray. 

Lord,
I feel so empty:
My soul has fled away.
I used to feel your presence,
Yet no longer want to pray.  

Darkness is my closest friend
(Psalm 88:18; NLT).

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Hope


Give all your worries and cares to God,
for he cares about you
(1 Peter 5:7; NLT).

Lord,
Whatever life may bring,
I want share it all with you,

For, whatever hardships come,
You will always help me through.

Lord,
Whatever I must face,
You will strengthen me to cope,

So, in sickness and distress,
Your constant presence gives me hope.

Let all that I am wait quietly before God,
for my hope is in him
(Psalm 62:5; NLT).


All we have (#3 of 4 linked reflections)

Everything we have has come from you
(1 Chronicles 29:14; NLT).

All we have
Is lent by you, Lord;

All we give,
Returns to you.

All we share
Is shared with you, Lord;

All withheld,
Is kept from you.

I tell you the truth, when you refused to help
the least of these my brothers and sisters,
you were refusing to help me
(Matthew 25:45; NLT).


The Helper

I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.
(John 14:16-17; ESV). 

Lord,
When I’m sick,
Or in pain,
Or I fall:
You are the Helper
Who shares in it all.

Lord,
When I’m sad,
Or alone,
Or afraid:
You are the Helper
Who comes to my aid.

Lord,
When I’m angry,
Or hurt,

Or I sin:
You are the Helper
Who pleads deep within.

The Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words
(Romans 8:26; NRSV).


Brought to a standstill (for S. & A. K.)

Yea, though I walk in the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me. Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me
(Psalm 23:4; KJV).

1. Brought to a standstill.
Forced to rest:
The Lord will help you
Through this test.

2. Sharing all your pain
And fear:
His Son is with you,
Ever near.

3. He knows your weakness;
Hears your cries:
His Spirit prays for you
With sighs.

4. Protecting you
Beneath his wing:
Our God bears all
Your suffering.


References

1. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world (John 16:33; NLT).

Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand (Isaiah 41:10; NLT).

2. In all their suffering he also suffered, and he personally rescued them. In his love and mercy he redeemed them. He lifted them up and carried them through all the years (Isaiah 63:9; NLT).

Be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age (Matthew 28:20; NLT).

3. The Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words (Romans 8:26; RSV).

4. He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armour and protection (Psalm 91:4; NLT).

Blessed be the Lord! Day after day he bears our burdens; God is our salvation (Psalm 68:19; CSB).