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Your timeless womb

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

God created human beings in his own image (Genesis 1:27; NLT).

How short is life! (Job 14:1; 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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From the day we leave
Your timeless womb,
Lord God,

To start our finite lives
On this,
Your earth,

Each moment
Brings us closer
To our death,

When we return,
To merge again
With you.

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I’m nothing

Hello to all readers. Christmas is a time when many of us struggle with depression and suicidal feelings. Today’s prayer is for everyone who has fought hard and heroically just to stay alive over recent days and weeks. Tomorrow’s blog will follow on from today’s, with some answers to the questions this prayer poses.

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How can I say
I’m nothing,
When you made me?

How can I feel
I’m nothing,
When you care?

How can I hate my life
When you, Lord,
Love me?

How can I long for death
When you
Are here?

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I am nothing (Job 40:4; NLT).

You made me (Psalm 119:73; NLT).

He cares about you (1 Peter 5:7; NLT).

I hate my life and don’t want to go on living (Job 7:16; NLT).

He loves us with unfailing love (Psalm 117:2; NLT).

They long for death (Job 3:21; NLT).

God is with us (Matthew 1:23; NLT).

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Born like us

She gave birth to her first child, a son (Luke 2:7; NLT).

This is my dearly-loved Son, who brings me great joy (Matthew 17:5; NLT).

Then the soldiers nailed him to the cross (Mark 15:24; NLT).

It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have (Luke 24:39; NIV).

The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being (Hebrews 1:3; NIV).

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Lord,

You were born like us,
Took your first breath,

And shared your selfless love
With us, on earth.

We celebrate your life,
And bitter death;

Your resurrection;
Your inestimable worth.

 

 

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Rain, your tears, Lord

Foxes have dens to live in, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place even to lay his head (Luke 9:58; NLT).

If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread (Matthew 4:3; NLT).

Then the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground (Genesis 2:7; NLT).

He was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood (Luke 22:44; NLT).

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

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Rain,
Your tears, Lord;
Sun,
Your light.

Stars,
Your beauty;
Frost,
Your night.

Fire,
Your anger;
Earth,
Your bed.

Rocks,
Your footpath;
Stones,
Your bread.

Blood,
Your life force;
Dust,
Your flesh.

Fear,
Your anguish;
Grief,
Your death.

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You are a light

I am the light of the world (John 8:12; NLT).

She […] laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn (Luke 2:7; NLT).

After the fire a still small voice (1 Kings 19:12; KJV).

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

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Lord,

You are a light,
A dove in flight,
A crown of gold;

A squalid byre,
A tongue of fire,
A love untold;

A still, small voice,
A daily choice,
A healing breath;

A cry of pain,
A Saviour slain,
A bitter death.

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Gold, frankincense and myrrh

Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh (Matthew 2:11; NLT).

Very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared (Luke 24:1; NLT).

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Lord,
You are our gold,
Our pearl beyond all price;

Our frankincense,
Our offering,
Our life;

Our myrrh,
Our suffering and death,
Our precious spice.

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Stay close

 

Lord of all creation,
Lord of all temptation;

Lord of golden light,
Lord of darkest night;

Lord of life and breath,
Lord of brutal death;

Lord, whom we betray,
Stay close to us today.

 

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God created everything through him (John 1:3; NLT).

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted (Matthew 4:1; NLT).

He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun (Matthew 17:2; NIV).

He was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood (Luke 22:44; NLT).

The Saviour – yes, the Messiah, the Lord – has been born today in Bethlehem (Luke 2:11; NLT).

Then the soldiers nailed him to the cross (Mark 15:24; NLT).

Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them (John 18:5; NLT).

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me (Psalm 23:4; KJV).

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