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Pain

 

Lord, I’ve got a migraine, yet again…

Pain for the sake of pain
Can seem so pointless,

Yet illness may be borne
In different ways:

With anger, deep resentment,
Or self-pity;

With patience, peace, acceptance –
Even praise.

So, may I suffer willingly, 
As you did, 

For sickness 
Is a sacred invitation

To bear my cross
While pleading, Lord, for others,

And pray for them,
While sharing in their pain. 

 

References 

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

My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9; NLT).

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-3; NRSV).

If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine (Matthew 26:39; NLT).

Take up your cross daily, and follow me (Luke 9:23; NLT).

 

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Do not fear the darkness

 

Do not fear the darkness
Surrounding God, our Father.

Do not dread the clouds
That hide the sky.

For this is how he shields us
From his overwhelming glory – 

Protect us from your face, Lord,
Or we die.

Do not fear the stillness 
Surrounding God, our Father.

Do not dread his silence, 
But his cry.

For this is how he shields us
From his terrifying power –

Protect us from your voice, Lord,
Or we die.

Do nor fear the solitude
Surrounding God, our Father.

Do not dread his anguish,
Or his sigh.

For this is how he shields us
From his all-consuming anger –

Protect us from your fire, Lord,
Or we die.

 

References

He shrouded himself in darkness, veiling his approach with dark rain clouds. Thick clouds shielded the brightness around him (Psalm 18:11-12; NLT).

He lives in light so brilliant that no human can approach him (1 Timothy 6:16; NLT).

Go back down and warn the people not to break through the boundaries to see the Lord, or they will die (Exodus 19:21; NLT).

The Mighty Warrior shouts his battle cry. That day will be a day of wrath (Zephaniah 1:14; NIV). 

God’s voice thunders and the earth melts! (Psalm 46:6; NLT).

We can’t even imagine the greatness of his power (Job 37:5; NLT).

Don’t let God speak directly to us, or we will die! (Exodus 20:19; NLT).

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

God is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; NIV).

Don’t let us hear the voice of the Lord our God any more or see this blazing fire, for we will die (Deuteronomy 18:16; NLT).

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Beyond our understanding

 

Lord, 

You are beyond
Our understanding.

A ceaseless, towering fire; 
An infinite sea of grace.

A deep, protective darkness; 
A glorious, dazzling light.

A fathomless ocean of sorrow; 
A boundless, eternal peace.

A mysterious, measureless wisdom;
A sacred, absolute truth.

A terrible, blazing anger; 
A timeless, unfailing love.

 

References 

How great is God – beyond our understanding! (Job 36:26; NIV).

God is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; NIV).

The grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people (Titus 2:11; NLT).

Clouds and thick darkness surround him (Psalm 97:2; NIV).

God is light (1 John 1:5; NIV). 

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

The Lord is peace (Judges 6:24; NLT).

The wisdom we speak of is the mystery of God (1 Corinthians 2:7; NLT).

The Spirit is truth (1 John 5:6; NKJV).

My anger blazes forth like fire and burns to the depths of the grave (Deuteronomy 32:22; NLT).

God is love (1 John 4:16; NIV).

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What is brighter?

What is brighter
Than God’s light?

What is fiercer
Than his fire?

What is wiser
Than God’s truth?

What is slower
Than his ire?

What is gentler
Than God’s voice?

What is dearer 
Than his blood?

What is stronger
Than God’s peace?

What is deeper
Than his love?

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References

God is light (1 John 1:5; NIV). 

God is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; NIV).

The Spirit is truth (1 John 5:6; NKJV). 

The Lord is slow to anger (Numbers 14:18; NLT).

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

This is my blood […] It is poured out as a sacrifice for many (Mark 14:24; NLT).

The Lord is peace (Judges 6:24; NLT).

God is love (1 John 4:16; NLT).

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Pointless

Father,

It is pointless
To resent, or hate,
Our illness,

For anger 
Will not make it 
Go away.   

Instead, 
Help us to live
With how we are,

To manage,
And to learn 
From it,

Making the best
We can 
Of every day.

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

Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity (Hebrews 6:1; NIV).

I was given a thorn in my flesh […] Three times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:7-9; NLT).

 When your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow (James 1:3; NLT).

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Be slow to speak

You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry (James 1:19; NLT).

Do not judge others (Luke 6:37; NLT).

Forgive anyone who offends you (Colossians 3:13; NLT).

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

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

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Be slow to speak,
But always quick to listen.

Be slow to judge,
But quick to understand.

Be slow to take offence,
Quick to forgive.

Be slow to criticise,
But quick to help.

Be slow to anger,
But be quick to love.

Be slow to blame,
But always quick to pray.

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Do not retaliate

When hurt,
Do not resist;
Do not retaliate.

Be angry,
But don’t judge,
Or blame, or sin.

Do good to those
Who hurt you;
And forgive them;

Pray for them,
And love them
Like your kin.

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Do not resist an evil person. If someone slaps you on the right cheek, offer the other cheek also (Matthew 5:39; NLT).

Be angry but do not sin (Ephesians 4:26; NRSV).

Do not judge others, and you will not be judged (Luke 6:37; NLT).

Forgive anyone who offends you (Colossians 3:13; NLT).

Love your enemies! Do good to them (Luke 6:35; NLT).

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

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