I’m a guttering candle

I am nothing at all (2 Corinthians  12:11; NLT).

He loves us with unfailing love (Psalm 117:2; NLT).


I’m a guttering candle,
A fallen jockey,
A disgraced politician.

I’m the last in the race,
A broken bridge,
A driver who’s crashed.

I’m a dying ember,
A crushed flower,
A ruined house.

I am nothing at all –
And yet you love me.

Suffering and joy

Suffering and joy

Yet man is born to trouble as surely as sparks fly upward (Job 5:7; NIV).

Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures; yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away (Psalm 90:10; NIV).

“He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever”
(Revelation 21:4; NLT).

Their hearts will rejoice with everlasting joy (Psalm 22:26; NLT).

We know that suffering is inevitable
In this fallen world,
But in heaven it will end at last.

For you will wipe every tear from our eyes,
And there will be no more death,
Or sorrow, or crying, or pain.

Then our hearts
Will sing your praise with joy,
For all eternity!


Following the theme of Lent, today’s prayer asks God to help us deal with the temptations to which we are all, inevitably, subject.


No temptation has over taken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it (1 Corinthians 10:13; NIV).

You forgive us every time we repent,
But our weak and fallen nature 
Soon leads us to sin again.

Please don’t let us be tempted 
Beyond what we can bear.

Show us the way out, every time,
And help us to endure our trials
For the sake of your dear Son,
Who died for us.