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Smile

 

Smile –
For God is giving you 
His blessing from above. 

Smile –
For Christ is pouring out 
Forgiveness through his blood.

Smile –
For Mary lifts your cares 
To God each time you pray.

Smile –
For God’s great Spirit dwells 
Within you every day.

 

References

God, our God, blesses us (Psalm 67:6; NLT).

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace (Ephesians 1:7; NIV).

Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often (Luke 2:19: NLT).

Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16; NKJV).

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A vagrant

 

Christ our Lord, 
A vagrant
With no beauty in man’s sight;

Christ our Lord,
Despite your rags
You wear a robe of light;

Christ our Lord,
God’s only Son,
Who heals, forgives, and saves;

Christ our Lord,
You suffered death for us,
Your willing slaves.

 

References

He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him (Isaiah 53:2; NIV).

He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light (Matthew 17:2; NIV).

He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies (Psalm 103:2-4; NLT).

Whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else (Mark 10:44; NLT).

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Drink this cup

I wrote this prayer today (5.9.18), at 7.30am, before a hospital visit:

Sit down, my child,
And drink this cup
Of suffering,
Which I have brought. 

Remember all 
That Jesus did,
And practice all
That Jesus taught.

And do not fear
What lies ahead –
The sickness, pain,
And suffering –

Just fix your heart
Upon the prize:
Eternal life,
With Christ, your King.

At 4pm the same day, I learned that I have two invasive cancers in my left breast, so will be having surgery soon. When it seems appropriate, I’ll include news of what’s happening with my daily blogs. If I miss a day or two, which I’ve never done before, you will know there’s a good reason.

References

Shall I not drink from the cup of suffering the Father has given me? (John 18:11; NLT).

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

Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? (Matthew 6:27; NLT).

Be strong, and do not fear (Isaiah 35:4; NLT).

I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong (2 Corinthians 12:10; KJV).

I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us (Philippians 3:14; NLT).

For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3; NLT).

Look, your King is coming to you. He is humble, riding on a donkey – riding on a donkey’s colt (Matthew 21:5; NLT). 

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When I wake up

 

When I wake up
I turn afresh 
To Christ, who dwells
Within my flesh. 

Next, I begin  
To seek and find
The Christ, who dwells 
Within my mind.

Then I get up, 
To play my part
For Christ, who dwells
Within my heart.

And, all day long,
I’ll make my goal
The Christ, who dwells
Within each soul.

 

References

When I wake up, you are still with me! (Psalm 139:18; NLT).

Christ lives within you (Romans 8:10; NLT).

Keep on seeking, and you will find (Matthew 7:7; NLT). 

Let love be your highest goal (1 Corinthians 14:1; NLT).

Your real life is hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3; NLT).

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Joy and strife

 

Father God,
You gave your Son,

The Christ, from whom 
Your Spirit comes,

To help us through 
The joy and strife

Of being born,     
And facing life.

 

References

I experience absolute joy in your presence (Psalm 16:11; NET).

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

He helps me (Psalm 28:7; NLT).

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Christ alone

 

God sends us all a light
Which this world cannot see –

The light that comes to us 
Through Christ alone.

God shows us all a truth   
Which this world cannot grasp –

The truth that comes to us
Through Christ alone.

God grants us all a joy
Which this world cannot know –

The joy that comes to us
Through Christ alone.

God gives us all a peace
Which this world cannot bring –

The peace that comes to us
Through Christ alone.

 

References

Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12; NLT).

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me” (John 14:6; NLT).

Jesus was filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit (Luke 10:21; NLT).

Jesus replied, […] “I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give you is a gift the world cannot give (John 14:23;27; NLT).

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Your will be done

 

The only thing I ask today
Is, Lord, Your will be done. 

I have no wishes of my own, 
Except Your will be done. 

I want to serve you, as Christ did, 
So that Your will be done,

By loving all who cross my path,
For then Your will be done. 

 

References

Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10; NET).

Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ (Ephesians 5:2; NLT).

Love your neighbour as yourself (Matthew 22:39; NIV).

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

Love is the fulfilment of the law (Romans 13:10; NIV).

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