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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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I know you better than you know yourself

Lord,
My mother used to scoff:
I know you better than you know yourself –
She didn’t mean it nicely.

And when she disagreed 
With what I thought, or said, or did, 
She called me fool –
That summed me up precisely.

But you alone, Lord,
Know my inner being,  
The treasures hidden
In my heart and soul.

You show them to me
One by one
So I can be myself,
Not play a role.

And then I share them all with you 
By choice
Not fear, or threat,
Or shame,

Rejoicing in your perfect love,
And trusting in your name. 

 

References

Whoever says, “You fool!” shall be in danger of hellfire (Matthew 5:22; NKJV).

Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely (Psalm 139:4; NIV).

He knows the secrets of every heart (Psalm 44:21; NLT).

I will give you treasures hidden in darkness (Isaiah 45:3; NLT).

You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free (John 8:32; NLT).

We will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ (Ephesians 4:15; NLT).

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

We trust in the name of the Lord our God (Psalm 20:7; NIV).

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My heart is full of worries

My heart is full of worries, Lord,
Concerns I can’t subdue;

Resentment, fear, remorse, and shame –
I don’t know what to do.

So these become my prayers, Lord,
And I share them all with you;

We work on them together,   
Talking every problem through. 

Then my poor mind grows clearer
As your way comes into view;

My plans are laid; my heart grows light;
And your peace falls like dew. 

 

References 

I am poor and needy, and my heart is full of pain (Psalm 109:22; NLT).

O God, you know how foolish I am; my sins cannot be hidden from you (Psalm 69:5; NLT).

Make your way plain for me to follow (Pslam 5:8; NLT).

The peace I give is a gift the world cannot give (John 14:27; NLT).

I will be to Israel like a refreshing dew from heaven (Hosea 14:5; NLT).

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Have no fear

Have no fear of fire and earthquake, 
Nor the rising tidal swell –
I am with you, and I love you;
Trust in me; all will be well. 

Have no fear of drought and famine,   
Nor the plague that makes life hell –
I am with you, and I love you;
Trust in me; all will be well. 

Have no fear of man’s betrayal, 
Nor the falsehoods people sell –
I am with you, and I love you;
Trust in me; all will be well. 

Have no fear of persecution, 
Nor the lonely prison cell –
I am with you, and I love you;
Trust in me; all will be well. 

Have no fear of war and bloodshed, 
Nor the blast of bomb and shell –
I am with you, and I love you;
Trust in me; all will be well. 

Have no fear of signs from heaven,  
Nor the stories some will tell –
I am with you, and I love you;
Trust in me; all will be well. 

Hurry, Lord! Take back my spirit;
Carry me to where you dwell –
You love me, and I love you, Lord;
We are one, so all is well. 

 

References

For the basis of this prayer, see Luke 21:9-36; NLT. 

They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord (Psalm 112:7; NLT).

Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the Lord will be at your side and will keep your foot from being snared (Proverbs 3:25-6; NIV).

Obey me, and I will be your God, and you will be my people. Do everything as I say, and all will be well! (Jeremiah 7:23; NLT).

Then the dust will return to the earth, and the spirit will return to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; NLT).

The Lord my God has given me peace on every side; I have no enemies, and all is well (1 Kings 5:4; NLT).

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Less of me

Lord God,
May there be less of me,

With all my sins 
And weaknesses,

And more of you
Within me every day,

Until we live as one
In our shared love.  

Then death will hold 
No fears for me — 

I’ll leave my body
Far behind,

And fully reunite
With you, 

In heart, and soul,
And mind.

 

References

The Father and I are one (John 10:30; NLT).

O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? 
(1 Corinthians 15:55; NLT).

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

You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind (Luke 10:27; NLT).

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Bending to your will

Lord,

May I face my enemies
As you did —

With swift forgiveness, 
Bending to your will. 

May I face my deepest fears 
As you did —

With cries for help,
Yet bending to your will.

May I face my suffering 
As you did — 

With full acceptance, 
Bending to your will. 

May I face my life and death 
As you did —

With constant prayer,
While bending to your will.

References

When they came to the place called The Skull, they nailed him to the cross […] Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing” (Luke 23:33-4; NLT).

If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine (Matthew 26:39; NLT).

Pray constantly (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NIV).

May your will be done (Matthew 6:10; NLT).

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You love me

 

Father,
You love me,
So nothing else matters –

Not even trials
Or fears. 

Jesus,
You love me,
So nothing else matters –

Not even sorrow
Or tears.

Mary, 
You love me,
So nothing else matters –

Not even sickness
Or stress. 

Spirit,
You love me,
So nothing else matters –

Not even life, Lord, 
Or death.

 

References

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

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