Breast cancer, mastectomy,, Breathing problems, chronic fatigue, Faith, hope, love, God, Prayer

When I’m sick

 

When I’m sick, Lord,
Help me still to serve you.

When I’m hurt, Lord,
Help me to forgive.

When I sin, Lord,
Help me to say sorry.

Then, though I am dust,
I’ll fully live!

 

References

Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only (Luke 4:8; NIV).

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). 

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). 

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

I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10; NIV). 

 

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Rain, your tears, Lord

Today is the first day of Lent, so I want to share with you a favourite poem I first posted a long time ago:

 

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;
Pain,
Your death.

 

References

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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In three words

 

You keep us safe in childhood,
And teach us from our youth,
For though we’re only dust and ash, 
Lord Jesus, you’re our Truth.

You seek us when we wander,
And walk with us each day,
For though we’re only dust and ash,
Lord Jesus, you’re our Way.

You sit with us in darkness, 
And comfort us at night,
For though we’re only dust and ash, 
Lord Jesus, you’re our Light.

You understand our hunger,
And see the feast is spread,
For though we’re only dust and ash, 
Lord Jesus, you’re our Bread.

You bring joy out of sorrow,
And turn our gall to wine,
For though we’re only dust and ash,
Lord Jesus, you’re our Vine.

So why do you support us,
And give us all that’s good,
Although we fail you every day?
In three words: you are Love.

 

References

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

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6; NLT).

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

I am the living bread (John 6:51; NLT).

Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy (Psalm 126:5; NLT).

We know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God (Romans 8:28; NLT).

I am the vine (John 15:5; NLT).

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

God is love (1 John 4:16; NLT).

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At your pleasure

 

Lord,

We  live entirely at your pleasure,
Whether we believe in you, or not.

You make us, you watch over us, and love us,
As you wait for us to come to you, our God.

When you take our breath away we turn to dust, Lord,
And our souls return to you in heaven above.

So, help us all to seek you while we’re here, Lord, 
Our Maker, our Sustainer, and our Judge.

 

References

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

The Lord must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion (Isaiah 30:18; NLT).

When you take away their breath, they die and return to the dust (Psalm 104:29; NIV). 

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

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

The Lord is the Sustainer of my life (Psalm 54:4; CSB). 

God will judge us for everything we do, including every secret thing, whether good or bad (Ecclesiastes 12:14; NLT).

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Our bodies come from dust

 

Our bodies come from dust, Lord God;
To dust they will return.

Our minds reach out to Christ, your Son,
The One from whom we learn.

Our hearts receive your Spirit, Lord, 
The One so many spurn,

But our souls are part of you, Lord God,
The One for whom we yearn.

Our souls are part of you, Lord –
And to you they will return. 

 

References 

You were made from dust, and to dust you will return (Genesis 3:19; NLT).

Simon Peter replied, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words that give eternal life” (John 6:68; NLT).

I will send you the Advocate – the Spirit of truth (John 15:26; NLT).

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

I yearn for the Lord, more than watchmen do for the morning (Psalm 130:6; NET).

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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Dust

 

Lord,

You make us all from dust;
You know how weak we are.

You send us into exile here,
And watch us from afar.

 

Lord,

You make us all from dust;
To dust we all return.

Then our souls reunite with you,
The One for whom we yearn.

 

References

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

He knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust (Psalm 103:14; NLT).

My people will know that I am the Lord their God, because I sent them away to exile and brought them home again (Ezekiel 39:28; NLT).

The Lord looks down from heaven on all mankind (Psalm 14:2; NIV).

You were made from dust, and to dust you will return (Genesis 3:19; NLT).

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

God is Spirit (John 4:24; NLT).

I yearn for the Lord, more than watchmen do for the morning (Psalm 130:6; NET).

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Who am I?

Who am I, that I should try to answer God or even reason with him? (Job 9:14; NLT).

“Who are you, lord?” Saul asked (Acts 9:5; NLT).

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Who am I
To worship you?

Who am I,
To praise?

Who am I
To love you, Lord?

Who am I,
To pray?

Who are you
To seek me out?

Who are you,
To find?

For I am nothing –
Dust and ash,

Yet you’re
My dearest Friend.

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