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You faced your cross

 

Lord,
You faced your cross
Forgiving others;
May I face my own
In the same way.

Lord,
You faced your pain 
With care for others;
May I face my own
In the same way.

Lord,
You faced your death 
With love for others;
May I face my own
In the same way.

 

References

When they came to the place called The Skull, they nailed him to the cross […] Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing” (Luke 23:33-4; NLT).

Jesus replied, “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43; NLT).

He said to this disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from then on this disciple took her into his home (John 19:27; NLT).

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I want to follow Christ

 

Lord God,
I want to follow Christ –
Please teach me 
How to think.

      Don’t judge, reject, 
      Hate, or condemn;
      Make finding fault
      Extinct. 

Lord God,
I want to follow Christ –
Please tell me 
What to say.

      Apologise to those 
      You hurt; 
      And speak the truth 
      Each day. 

Lord God,
I want to follow Christ –
Please show me 
What to do.

      Take up your cross;
      Love everyone; 
      Forgive those 
      Who hurt you. 

 

References 

We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5; NIV). 

Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you (Luke 6:37; NLT).

How can you think of saying, ‘Friend, let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye (Luke 6:42; NLT).

They kept demanding an answer, so he [Jesus] stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” (John 8:7; NLT).

If you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift (Matthew 5:23-4; NIV). 

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

Take up your cross and follow me (Matthew 16:24; NLT).

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12.9; NLT).

When you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too (Mark 11:25; NLT). 

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May we share your Passion

 

May we share your Passion, Lord:
Gethsemane, the cross;

Then we will grasp your sacrifice,
And comprehend your loss.

May we share your glory, Lord:
Your reign in heaven and earth; 

Then we will serve with joyful hearts, 
And fully know your worth. 

 

References

If we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering (Romans 8:17; NLT).

Jesus suffered and died outside the city gates to make his people holy by means of his own blood (Hebrews 13:12; NLT).

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? (Mark 15:34; NLT).

In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus (1 Peter 5:10; NLT).

Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth” (Matthew 28:18; NLT).

Serve the Lord with gladness! (Psalm 100:2; RSV).

There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her (Luke 10:42; NLT).

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Truly free

I thought some of you might be interested to see how a prayer can continue to grow, even after I think it’s finished. So here, as a bonus, is yesterday’s blog, with a brand-new, unexpected second half, written this morning:

 

Come, sit with me
And seek my voice;
Then you will know me,
And rejoice.

Come, rest with me
And seek my face;
Then you will share
My peace and grace.

Come, walk with me
And take my hand;
Then you will join
My pilgrim band.

Come, take your cross
And follow me;
Then you will find
You’re truly free.

 

References

Come to me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28; NLT).

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

Your own ears will hear him. (Isaiah 30:21; NLT).

Seek his face always (1 Chronicles 16:11; NIV).

May God give you more and more grace and peace (2 Peter 1:2; NLT).

Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men (Matthew 4:19; NKJV).

If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me (Luke 9:23; NLT).

If the Son sets you free, you are truly free (John 8:36; NLT).

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In myself, I’m nothing

 

Hello everyone, just a quick update: I’m slowly recovering from my surgery at home, and have started to write again. This prayer is fresh from yesterday morning, with further work to complete it today XXXXX

 

In myself, I’m nothing, Lord,
For I am but a dream;

Yet I can love you, Father God, 
The One who rules supreme. 

In myself, I’m nothing, Lord, 
For I am less than dust;

Yet I can honour Mary, Lord,
Who gave you all her trust. 

In myself, I’m nothing, Lord,
And few will mourn my loss;

Yet I can serve your only Son,  
Who died upon the cross.

In myself, I’m nothing, Lord,
For I am very weak;

Yet I can host your Spirit, Lord, 
For blessed are the meek. 

 

References

I am nothing but dust and ashes (Genesis 18:27; NIV).

You sweep people away like dreams that disappear (Psalm 90:5; 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).

You, O Lord, are supreme over all the earth (Psalm 83:18; NLT). 

The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us’ (Matthew 1:23; NLT).

He took notice of his lowly servant girl, and from now on all generations will call me blessed (Luke 1:48; NLT).

Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true” (Luke 1:38; NLT). 

He considered me trustworthy and appointed me to serve him (1 Timothy 1:12; NLT).

God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16; NLT).

He humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross (Philippians 2:8; NLT). 

He knows how weak we are (Psalm 103:14; NLT).

You have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you (1 John 2:27; NLT).

Blessed are the meek (Matthew 5:5; NIV).

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The shedding of blood

 

Hello to all readers. I thought you might be interested in some catch-up news, as quite a lot has been happening recently. Yesterday I made my first confession, and today was received into the Catholic Church, making my first Holy Communion.

After a recent diagnosis of breast-cancer, I’ll be having a mastectomy tomorrow. I hope to publish my blog as usual, but if I’m not well enough, there could be a gap.

Much love to you all, and thank you so much for your encouragement, praise and messages, all of which mean a lot to me.

With all best wishes from Ruth XXXXXXX

 

Without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness (Hebrews 9:22; NLT).

 

Long, long ago,
Before you paid our price, 
We drained the blood 
Of perfect lambs,
In holy sacrifice.

Then you were sent 
To save us from God’s wrath.
What did we do? 
We flogged you, Lord,
And hung you on the cross.

We nailed you there,
And slowly drained your blood.
Yet as you died 
You bore our sins, 
And saved us with your love.

 

References

I have paid the price to set you free (Isaiah 44:22; NLT).

You must sacrifice a one-year-old male lamb with no defects (Leviticus 23:12; NLT).

God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16; NLT).

He ordered Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip (Mark 15:15; NLT).

“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness (1 Peter 2:24; NIV).

Since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation (Romans 5:9; NLT).

We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us (1 John 3:16; NLT).

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What is this cross?

 

Then [Jesus] said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me” (Luke 9:23; NLT).

 

What is this cross
Of which you speak, Lord Jesus?

What is this burden
I must bear through life?

It’s everything you suffer 
For my sake, child;

It’s every kind of sickness, grief,
And strife.

What makes this cross
So critical, Lord Jesus?

What makes this burden count
Right up to death?

It’s facing all your suffering
With faith, child,

Whilst showing love to all
Till your last breath.

 

References

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

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).

In everything we do, we show that we are true ministers of God. We patiently endure troubles and hardships and calamities of every kind (2 Corinthians 6:4; NLT).

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12.9; NLT).

You have heard the law that say, ‘Love your neighbour’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! (Matthew 5:43-4; NLT).

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34; NIV).

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