I had barely begun to pray last Sunday morning when these couplets came to me. They took several hours of concentrated work to put into words.
This happens more and more frequently. The first stage of writing takes so long that by the time it’s finished, I have missed out on the experience of wordless prayer. In fact, there is a constant, seemingly irresolvable tension between my longing to pray, and the drive to express in words what I am given, so it can be shared here.
All I can do is to echo the prophet’s words: “My work seems so useless! I have spent my strength for nothing and to no purpose. Yet I leave it all in the LORD’s hand; I will trust God for my reward” (Isaiah 49:4; NLT).
So now, here is today’s blog:
Calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me” (Mark 8:34; NLT).
I follow you, my only Lord:
My guide, my way, and my reward.
I honour you, my Shepherd King:
My strength; the truth to which I cling.
I thirst for you, my living God:
My breath, my life, my staff, my rod.
I trust in you, my light, my love:
My daily bread from heaven above.
I worship you, my Father’s voice:
My resurrection, and my choice.
Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying” (John 11:25; NLT).
Choose today whom you will serve (Joshua 24:15; NLT).