“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).

Please help us
To face illness
Without denial,
Or bitterness.

May we embrace it
As a valued part of life –
Our training-ground,
Our discipline,
Our cross.

May we accept it,
And adapt to it,
Learning all we can,
Then helping others
To do the same.

In Jesus’ name,

God’s hand

God’s hand

You place you hand of blessing on my head (Psalm 139:5; NLT).

“They no longer ask for the LORD’S guidance or seek my blessings” (Zephaniah 1:6; NLT).

My child, don’t reject the LORD’S discipline, and don’t be upset when he corrects you. For the LORD corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects the child in whom he delights (Proverbs 3:11-12; NLT).

May your hand
Be upon me today,
In blessing,
And restraint.

I ask this in Jesus’ name,



Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits – who forgives all your sins (Psalm 103:2-3; NIV).

My son, do not despise the LORD’S discipline, and do not resent his rebuke, because the LORD disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in (Proverbs 3:11-12; NIV).

Show me your ways, LORD, teach me your paths (Psalm 25:4; NIV).

It is the LORD your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him
(Deuteronomy 13:4; NIV).

I love you so much.

Please forgive all my sins,
Correct all my faults,
Teach me all I need to know,
And help me to serve you.

In Jesus’ name,

Life, suffering and death

Life, suffering and death

Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being (Genesis 2:7; NIV).

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

Blessed is the one whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty. For he wounds, but he also binds up; he injures, but his hands also heal (Job: 5:17; NIV).

But those who suffer he delivers in their suffering; he speaks to them in their affliction (Job 36:15; NIV).

Then he [Job] fell to the ground in worship and said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised” (Job 1:20-21; NIV).

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).

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

To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God (Revelation 2:7; NIV).

You create us,
And sustain our lives.

You teach, discipline
And heal us;
We are entirely
In your hands.

Help us to rejoice in you,
To pray continually,
And to give thanks
In all circumstances.

When our bodies
Go back to the dust
From which we came,
May our souls return to you
In Paradise.