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You wake with us

 

You wake with us each morning,
And join us when we pray.  
You go with us into the world,
And serve with us each day. 

You laugh with us in good times, 
And sigh when we are lame.
You bow your head when we have sinned, 
And burn with us, in shame.

You sit with us in darkness,
And watch with us at night.
You suffer when we’re full of dread,
And wait with us for light. 

You stay with us in danger,
And shed tears when we weep.
You share our pain when we despair,
And mourn with us in grief.

You comfort us in sickness, 
And help us face death’s rod;
Then walk with us through heaven’s gate –
And gaze with us on God.

 

References

In all their suffering he also suffered (Isaiah 63:9; 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). 

Enter his gates with thanksgiving (Psalm 100:4; NLT).

Now we see in a mirror, indirectly, but then we will see face to face (1 Corinthians 13:12; NET).

We all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image (2 Colossians 3:18; NIV).

One thing I ask of the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple (Psalm 27:4; NIV).

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Wilderness

 

When we are in a wilderness
Of sorrow,

Of sickness, anger, grief, despair,                       
Or fear,

Remind us you’ve experienced 
This too, Lord, 

And that you suffer with us,
Always near.

 

References

Some wandered in the wilderness, lost and homeless (Psalm 107; 4; NLT).

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

How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day?(Psalm 13:2; NLT).

Sickness: Then Pilate had Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip (John 19:1; NLT).

Anger: Jesus made a whip from some ropes and chased them all out of the temple. He drove out the sheep and cattle, scattered the money changers’ coins over the floor,  and turned over their tables (John 2:15; NLT).

Grief: Then Jesus wept. The people who were standing nearby said, “See how much he loved him!” (John 11:35-6; NLT).

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

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

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

In all their suffering he also suffered (Isaiah 63:9; NLT).

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).

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When I must cope with fear

 

My Lord, my God, 
When I must cope with fear,  

Help me to face it willingly, 
Like you.

My Lord, my God, 
When I must suffer pain,

Help me to meet it steadfastly,
Like you.

My Lord, my God, 
When I must know despair,

Help me to bear it faithfully,
Like you. 

My Lord, my God,
When I must pass through death,

Help me to let go trustingly,
Like you. 

 

References

“My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed (John 20:28; NLT). 

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

If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine (Matthew 26:39; NLT).

He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word. He was led like a lamb to the slaughter. And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth (Isaiah 53:7; NLT).

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

Then Jesus shouted, “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!” And with those words he breathed his last (Luke 23:46; NLT).

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Just like us

 

Lord,

You had emotions,
Just like us,

Yet you faced your trials and sorrows
Without sin.

You loved,
Without possessiveness;

Got angry,
Without blaming other people;

Wept,
Without self-pity;

Feared,
Without avoidance;

Suffered,
Without hatred;

And despaired,
Without losing faith in God.

Lord, you had emotions,
Just like us,

Yet you faced your trials and sorrows
Without sin.

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This High Priest of ours understands all our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin (Hebrews 4:15; NLT).

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

Be angry but do not sin (Ephesians 4:26; NRSV).

Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing (Luke 23:34; NLT).

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

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Ecstasy

An ecstasy came upon him (Acts 10:10; DBY).

Her tears fell on his feet, and she wiped them off with her hair (Luke 7:38; NLT).

In his shadow have I rapture (Song of Songs 2:3; DBY).

I am in despair (Psalm 69:20; NLT).

Let my words fall like rain on tender grass, like gentle showers on young plants (Deuteronomy 32:2; NLT).

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Lord,

Ecstasy
Is very close
To tears,

And pleasure
Can be very close
To pain.

So, may we face
Both rapture
And despair,

While your love
Falls on us
Like gentle rain.

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Why do we kick?

Lord,

Why do we kick so hard
Against our suffering,
For life is full of sorrow
And distress?

Why do we find it hard
To face the fact
That we must all know sickness,
Loss, and death?

In theory, our upbringing
And experience
Should equip us to accept
What we must bear;

But for many of us
This is not what happens,
So we wallow in self-pity
And despair.

Please help us to give up
Our fond illusion
That bad things shouldn’t happen here
At all.

Then, may we turn to you
For strength and courage,
For you are great, Lord God,
Though we are small.

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

How frail is humanity! How short is life, how full of trouble! (Job 14:1; NLT).

Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid” (Matthew 14:27; NIV).

March on with courage, my soul! (Judges 5:21; NLT).

With your help I can advance against a troop, with my God I can scale a wall (2 Samuel 22:30; NIV).

You are great (Jeremiah 10:6; NLT).

I am small (Psalm 119:141; NKJV).

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Breathe in light

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer (Psalm 19:14; NLT).

From the depths of despair, O Lord, I call for your help (Psalm 130:1; NLT).

 

Breathe in light,
And breathe out darkness;

Breathe in peace,
And breathe out stress.

Breathe in fire,
And breathe out coldness;

Breathe in love,
And breathe out hate.

Breathe in truth,
And breathe out falsehood;

Breathe in God –
Breathe out despair.

 

 

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