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Self and soul

 

My self is made of thoughts,
Sensations, 
Feelings,

Which come and go, 
And change, Lord, 
Always new;

And though all these 
Will end, Lord, 
At my passing,

My soul won’t change,
For it is part 
Of you.

 

References 

I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1:5; NLT).

I am the Lord and I do not change (Malachi 3:6; NLT).

The dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; NIV).

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Ever closer

 

May I grow ever closer, Lord,
To you,

Held so securely
In your loving hands

That death creates 
No change at all  

In our relationship.

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References 

You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever (Psalm 16:11; NLT).

In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind  (Job 12:10; NIV).

The dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; NIV).

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Change

My enemies refuse to change their ways (Psalm 55:19; NLT).

They refuse to change their evil ways (Jeremiah 15:7; NLT).

Change your hearts before the Lord (Jeremiah 4:4; NLT).

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Whenever we try 
To make someone change

We are already doomed, Lord,
To failure;

For we are the ones 
Who are needing to change,

In the light of the other’s
Behaviour.

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Learning, changing and growing

“Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good – except God alone” (Mark 10:18; NIV). 

Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ  (Ephesians 4:15; NLT).

You are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect (Matthew 5:48; NLT).

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Lord Jesus,

Just as you
Were learning,
Changing,
And growing in faith and love
Throughout your life,

Please help me
To do the same.

I ask this, Lord,
In your dear name,
Amen.

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Please help us

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

Enjoy prosperity while you can, but when hard times strike, realise that both come from God. Remember that nothing is certain in this life (Ecclesiastes 7:14; NLT).

Father, if you are willing, please take this cup off suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine (Luke 22:42; NLT).

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

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Lord God,

Please help us
Through our times
Of suffering,

So we can learn from them,
And change,
And grow.

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Wandering thoughts

I will give you treasures hidden in darkness (Isaiah 45:3; NLT).

I am the Lord who heals you (Exodus 15:26; NLT).

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Friends,

Don’t reject
Your wandering thoughts
In silent prayer,

Pushing them back
Into your shadow self,

Or substituting them
With views you find
More “positive”.

Instead,
Please hear them out
With due respect,

So you can learn from them,
And change, and grow –

For their purpose
Is to tell you
Who you are.

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Life and death

He himself gives life and breath to everything (Acts 17:25; NLT).

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

The Lord gives both death and life (1 Samuel 2:6; NLT).

The dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; NIV).

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Lord God,
You are the force
That drives

All birth,
And breath,

All growth,
And change,

All life,
Decay, and death.

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