The perfect choice

 

Father,
I have heard your call.

Father,
May I give my all.

Father,
I have heard your voice.

You, Lord, are
The perfect choice.

 

References

He let you hear his voice from heaven so he could instruct you (Deuteronomy 4:36; NLT).

You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind (Luke 10:27; NLT).

Few things are needed – or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her (Luke 10:42; NIV).

I breathe you in

Lord, 
I breathe you in,
So I can start the day.

Please help me to remember you,
And always, Lord, to pray.

Lord, 
I’m stretching now,
So I can join the dance.

Please help me to remember you,
And always offer thanks. 

Lord, 
I’m standing up,
So I can face the fray.

Please help me to remember, 
And rejoice in you, today.          

Lord, 
I’m ready now,
Prepared to hear your call.

Please help me to remember you,
And be the slave of all.

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References

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).

Love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him (Deuteronomy 30:20; NIV).

Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else (Mark 10:42-4; NLT).

Your servant

 

Lord, I am your servant.
I want to do your will.

Every time I falter, 
May I serve you still. 

Lord, I am your servant.
I want to do my best.

Every time I stumble,
Help me through the test. 

Lord, I am your servant.
I want to serve you well.

Every time I tumble,
Rescue me from hell.

Lord, I am your servant,
Although the very least. 

When my life is over,
Let me die in peace.

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References

I am the Lord’s servant.  (Luke 1:38; NLT).

Everyone will be tested with fire (Mark 9:49; NLT).

He rescues me (Psalm 35:9; NLT).

Not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love (Romans 8:38; NLT).

Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all (Mark 9:35; NIV).

How fleeting my life is (Psalm 39:4; NLT).

Let your servant die in peace, as you have promised (Luke 2:29; NLT).

Listen

When you hear a sound like marching feet in the tops of the poplar trees, be on the alert! (2 Samuel 5:24; NLT).

Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day (Genesis 3:8; NIV).

Samuel was sleeping in the Tabernacle near the Ark of God. Suddenly the Lord called out, “Samuel!” (1 Samuel 3:3-4; NLT).

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

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Listen to me, my child,
When I march in the tops
Of the trees.

Listen to me, my child,
When I walk in the cool
Of the breeze.

Listen to me, my child,
When I call your name
In the dark.

Listen to me, my child,
When you hear my voice
In your heart.

Ill-health

Ill-health

The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised (Job 1:21; NIV).

But those who suffer he delivers in their suffering; he speaks to them in their affliction (Job 36:15; NIV).

…he is not far from any one of us (Acts 17:27; NIV).

The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth (Psalm 145:18; NIV).

Lord,
Please help us
To get to grips
With our own ill-health,
Both physical and mental.

Help us to learn from it,
And to change and grow
Through facing it courageously
With you.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

Pilgrimage

Hello, friends. I’ve spent so many hours, and so much energy, writing today’s prayer that now I can’t think of anything to say by way of an introduction! It’s meant to encompass both the darkness we experience during contemplative prayer, and the terrible periods of deep emotional and spiritual darkness we can suffer when we feel utterly bereft and alone during our journey though life. See what you think…

Pilgrimage

* Clouds and thick darkness surround him (Psalm 97:2; NIV).
* Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always (1 Chronicles 16:11; NIV).
* Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near (Isaiah 55:6; NIV).
* Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff – they comfort me (Psalm 23:4; NRSV).
* When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12; NIV).
* If you seek him, he will be found by you (1 Chronicles 28:9; NIV). 

Clouds and thick darkness
Surround you, Lord,
So we, your children,
Must pass through them
As we seek your face,
Calling out to you,
Day and night.

Yet we never make
This pilgrimage alone –
For your dear Son
Lights up the narrow path,
And comforts us along the way,
Until we find our home with you,
At last.