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Life to the full

Hello, everyone. Today’s blog might seem a bit strange unless I give you a bit of background. Recently, I spoke in a religious setting about the importance of being lovingly honest and direct with one another if we want to build a healthy, trusting, supportive group. This went down very badly with some of those present. One, in particular, said we should be paying very little attention to our thoughts and feelings, but rather “deconstructing” ourselves, until there is nothing personal left at all. With this approach, feelings, thoughts and honesty have very little importance. Rather, they would be seen as childish and immature.

I do hope I’ve done justice to this man’s words. I thought about what he had said for a long time afterwards, and eventually wrote the prayer/poem below. Remembering that we can’t all think the same, do see what you think.

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Lord, you never said
We should detach ourselves from life;

You came so we can have life
To the full.

You never said
That we should deconstruct ourselves;

You came so we can have life
To the full.

You never said
Get rid of your emotions;

You loved, wept, raged –
And lived life to the full.

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

Jesus loved Martha, Mary and Lazarus (John 11:5; NLT).

Then Jesus wept (John 11:35; NLT).

When Jesus saw what was happening, he was angry (Mark 10:14; NLT).

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

Be silent before the Sovereign Lord (Zephaniah 1:7; NIV).

There will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain (Revelation 21:4; NLT).

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

 

Lord,
When I sit down
To meditate, in silence,

I leave my flesh behind,
And with it, pain;

I leave my mind behind,
And with it, thought;

I leave my heart behind,
And with it, all emotion –

Except the bliss of unity
With you.

 

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I’m not my body

You will not leave my soul among the dead (Psalm 16:10; NLT).

There is […] one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all (Ephesians 4:5-6; NLT).

 

Lord,
I’m not my body,
Or my sensations;

I’m not my mind,
Or my thoughts;

Nor am I my heart,
Or my emotions –

For all these things
Will pass away at death.

Instead, I am my soul,
And my awareness –

Forever one with you,
And all creation.

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Turmoil

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him (Psalm 37:7; NIV).

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts (Psalm 139:23; NLT).

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

My peace I give you (John 14:27; NIV).

 

Lord,
I wait upon you
In the turmoil
Of my thoughts,
And my emotions,
Until I find your peace
At last,
In contemplation.

 

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Step by step

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

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

You are the temple of the living God (2 Corinthians 6:16; NLT).

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

 

 

Lord,
During contemplation,
I seek you step by step.

One –
I notice how my body feels,
And then relax.

Two –
I explore the worries in my mind,
Then set them all aside.

Three –
I face the emotions in my heart,
Then let them go.

And four –
I reach the temple of my soul,
Where I unite with you.

 

 

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