Breast cancer, mastectomy,, Personal growth, faith, prayer, contemplation, love, oneness,, sin

The dance of love

 

Despite our faults 
You love us, Lord,
And long 
To help us grow.

Despite our sins 
You care for us
And want your love 
To flow 

Through us 
To other people,
To earth 
And sky above –

Lord,
Heal our selfish hearts,
So we can join 
Your dance of love. 

 

References

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

We are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ (Ephesians 4:15; RSV).

He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7; NIV).

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

The hearts of these people are hardened (Matthew 13:15; NLT).

God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them (1 John 4:16; NLT). 

The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love (Galatians 5:6; NIV).

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Breast cancer, mastectomy,, Forgive, blame, anger, turn cheek, hurt, prayer,, healing

Miracles of healing

 

Bring miracles of healing
From this cancer,

Not for myself, 
But those I’ve hurt, dear Lord; 

So when I say, “My fault”,
They will forgive me, 

And we’ll be reconciled, 
Our love restored. 

 

References

God publicly endorsed Jesus the Nazarene by doing powerful miracles, wonders, and signs through him (Acts 2:22; 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).

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Please heal us

He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases (Psalm 103:3; NLT).

They shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more (Isaiah 2:4; KJV).

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Lord God,

Please heal our suffering,
Our sickness,
And our wounds.

Please heal our ignorance,
Our weakness,
And our faults.

Please heal our selfishness,
Our violence,
And our wars.

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The first stone

How can you think of saying, ‘Friend, let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye (Luke 6 42; NLT).

Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned (Luke 6:37; NIV).

Let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone! (John 8:7; NLT).

 

Lord,
I’m very ignorant –
So I’m not fit
To judge the ignorance
Of others.

Plus,
I’ve got a lot of weaknesses –
So I’m not fit
To mock the weaknesses
Of others.

What’s more,
I’ve got a multitude of faults –
So I’m not fit
To scorn the faults
Of others.

And lastly,
I commit unceasing sins –
So I’m not fit
To throw the first
Self-righteous stone.

 

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Tolerance

“ ‘Love your neighbour as yourself’ ” (Mark 12:31; NLT).

“Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us”  (Luke 11:4; NIV).

“But I say, love your enemies!” (Matthew 5:44; NLT).

“Pray for those who hurt you” (Luke 6:28; NLT).

Lord,
When we can’t love those
Whose faith and ways
Are different from our own,
Please help us, at least,
To tolerate them.

And when we can’t even
Tolerate them,
Help us, at least,
To pray for them.

And when we can’t even
Pray for them,
Help us to remember
That we are the ones at fault –
Not them.

 

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Sin

Sin

Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin (Psalm 51:2; NLT).

So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them (Genesis 1:27; NLT).

“Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Matthew got up and followed him  (Matthew 9:9; NLT).


Lord,
Please strip away
My sins,
Faults,
And weaknesses.

Wash away my guilt,
Restore me to your image,
And help me to follow
Your dear Son.

In his most precious name,
Amen.

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Healing and forgiveness

Healing and forgiveness

Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others (Colossians 3:13; NLT).

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone (Romans 12:18; NIV).


Father,
Please heal
All the hurt,
Anger and anxiety
I have caused to others,
And all the hurt,
Anger and anxiety
Others have caused to me.

Forgive me,
As I forgive them,
And help me to live at peace
With everyone.

Through Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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