Personal growth, faith, prayer, contemplation, love, oneness,

In all my hardships

 

In all my hardships, Lord,  
You suffer, too;
You share each blow, each feeling, 
And each thought.

You rescue me, my Saviour,
And redeem;
You carry me through life,
Though I am naught.

We share one Spirit, Lord, 
Of joy and love; 
I live in you,
And you, Lord, live in me.

Together, we embrace 
Life’s trials and sorrows;
So I’m at peace,
For you have set me free. 

 

References

In all their suffering he also suffered, and he personally rescued them. In his love and mercy he redeemed them. He lifted them up and carried them through all the years (Isaiah 63:9; NLT).

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

Whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17; NIV).

God has given us his Spirit as proof that we live in him and he in us (1 John 4:13; NLT).

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

Peace I leave you; my peace I give you (John 14:27; NIV).

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

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Every hour

Every hour, Lord, 
Brings me closer
To the time 
When I will quit this body.

Every second
Brings me closer 
To the time 
When I will see your face.

Every moment
Brings me closer
To the time
When I will hear you speaking.

Every instant
Brings me closer
To the timeless peace 
Of your embrace.  

 

References

 Mortals, born of woman, are of few days and full of trouble (Job 14:1; NIV).

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

The dead will hear my voice (John 5:25; NLT).

The eternal God is your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you (Deuteronomy 33:27; NLT).

The Lord is peace (Judges 6:24; NLT).

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Moments of ecstasy

Moments of ecstasy;
Tempted; alone.

Facing your destiny:
God’s cornerstone.

Embracing a future
Revealed by a dove:

Infinite sacrifice;
Infinite love.

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

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

“Listen,” he said, “we’re going up to Jerusalem, where the Son of Man will be betrayed to the leading priests and the teachers of religious law. They will sentence him to die” (Matthew 20:18; NLT). 

The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone (Psalm 118:22; NLT).

After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my dearly loved Son” (Matthew 3:16; NLT).

This is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many (Matthew 26:28; NLT).

There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends (John 15:13; NLT).

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Gethsemane

Father, if you are willing, please take this cup off suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine (Luke 22:42; NLT).

I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? (Psalm 56:4; NLT).

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

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Father,

In Gethsemane,
Christ begged you

To take away the suffering
He faced.

But you did not,
And he embraced your will.

So, may we face our suffering
With his courage,

Even when we, like him,
Feel you’ve forsaken us.

 

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Agoraphobia diary: day 2

Hello, friends. Well, after texting my son to explain my claustrophobic fear of sitting in the back of the car between two child seats (as mentioned in my previous blog), I managed it – all the way to Cambridge and back to Ely. Being honest about it was a huge help. The only time I was uncomfortable was when we were looking for a parking space in busy side-streets. I felt we might never get out of the car, but hung on to my courage, and coped.

The object of the journey was an archaeology open day, mainly intended for children. It was busy and crowded, the only bad moments being when I couldn’t find any members of the family. Afterwards we had a windy, cool picnic by the river Cam, watching the boat crews of various colleges going through their drills. As I got more tired, I began to long for some security and a good rest, so was very pleased to get back to my hotel room and put my feet up for an exhausted sleep.

My most triumphant moments involved herding a large, aggressively-hissing swan back into the water three or four times. It came astonishingly close, and was taller than my grandchildren. It was an unusual thing for me to do, but perhaps by then I felt I had nothing left to lose!

Increasingly, I’m reflecting on what healing actually means, as seen in today’s blog:

 

What is healing?

 

Lord God,

We know
You heal all our diseases,

But what, exactly,
Does this healing mean?

Sometimes it means
The end of pain and suffering;

Sometimes it means
Embracing them, like you.

 

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He […] heals all my diseases (Psalm 103:3; NLT).

Yet I said to myself, “This is my sickness, and I must endure it” (Jeremiah:10;19; NIV).

“The Son of Man must suffer many terrible things,” he said (Luke 9:22; NLT).

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

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).

We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him (Romans 8:28; NIV).

The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised (Job 1:21; NIV).

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May we welcome all

The kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:21; KJV).

The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms (Deuteronomy 33:27; NIV).

Because of your unfailing love, I can enter your house; I will worship at your temple (Psalm 5:7; NLT).

The grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people (Titus 2:11; NLT).

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Lord,

May we welcome all
Into your kingdom,

May we offer all
Your warm embrace;

May we usher all
Into your temple,

And may we share with all
Your perfect grace.

 

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There’s nothing left

The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1).

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Lord,

There’s nothing left
For me to be afraid of,
Now that I have found
My shadow side.

There’s nothing left
For me to be afraid of,
Now that I can hear
My shadow’s voice.

There’s nothing left
For me to be afraid of,
Now that I accept
My shadow’s words.

And there’s nothing left
For me to be afraid of,
Now that I embrace
My shadow self.

 

 

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