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Your great gift


Even the faith which saves us all
Is your great gift
To us.

Even the grace of forgiveness, Lord,
Is your great gift
To us.

Even your Holy Spirit, Lord,
Is your great gift 
To us.

Even your peace of heart and mind 
Is your great gift
To us.

Even what righteousness we have
Is your great gift
To us.

And even the hope of eternal life 
Is your great gift
To us. 



God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God (Ephesians 2:8; NLT).

Even greater is God’s […] gift of forgiveness (Romans 4:16; NLT).

You will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38; NLT).

I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart (John 14:27; NIV).

Even greater is God’s […] gift of righteousness (Romans 5:17; NLT).

The free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23;  NLT).

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Sacred elements


Thank you for this
Heavenly, holy world,

And all the sacred elements
Of life –

For earth 
And air;

For water, Lord, 
And fire; 

For peace, 
And truth;

And, far above all others, Lord,
For love.


In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1; NLT). 

God is light (1 John 1:5; NIV). 

God is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; NIV).

God is the spring of living water (Jeremiah 2:13; NIV).

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

The Spirit is truth (1 John 5:6; NKJV). 

God is love (1 John 4:16; NLT).

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


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Agoraphobia diary: 6pm on day 5

So, today is drawing to a close, and it’s been quite hard in some ways. Trigger alert: if you don’t like mild references to the effects of childhood emotional abuse, now is the time to do something else.

After an early start, I said goodbye to my family, then travelled up to Leicestershire, with my son driving. It was interesting to note that I felt fine until I saw the first sign for the town where I was brought up, when a sharp pang of anxiety automatically shot through me.

My sister and her husband made us very welcome for lunch, then my son left, and I fell asleep, very tired after the cumulative efforts of the previous few days.

Then came the hardest part of the day: visiting my mother in her nursing home. I was alone with her for about 40 minutes. She never leaves her bed, and slept the whole time, so I sat quietly, observing both her, and my own feelings. Even though she is very old, deaf, immobile and blind, I still dreaded her waking up, or speaking, still felt she might rise up and be as she used to be. I didn’t touch her, approach her, or speak to her, but tried to pray.

My sister returned exactly when she had promised, and I left the Home with relief. Tomorrow may be harder, as I’m imagining that a cheerful staff member with a loud voice might rouse my mother. She’s so deaf that people have to shout into her ear, and that means getting close. However, I have developed the technique of keeping my arms behind my back, so she can’t get hold of me in any way. That has given me a small sense of retaining some control over allowing her to intrude on my body.

I honestly don’t know how I’d manage if it weren’t for the progress I’ve made through faith and contemplation. So for those who like such things, here is today’s evening prayer:

Facing each day

The same Spirit gives great faith to another (1 Corinthians 12:9; NLT).

It is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8; NIV).


Facing each day
With you

Is very different
From facing it
Without you;

So, thank you
For the gift
Of faith in you.


You are the gift

Jesus replied, “If only you knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water” (John 4:10; NLT).


You are the gift
That gives forever;
You are the light
That always shines.

You are the truth
That lasts forever;
You are the fire
That always burns.

You are the love
That lives forever;
You are the peace
That always reigns.



Seek peace and pursue it (Psalm 34:14; NIV).

Guide our feet into the path of peace (Luke 1:79; NLT).

I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart (John 14:27; NLT).


Peace is here –
Your peace within.

Peace my goal –
Your peace within.

Peace is now –
Your peace within.

Peace, my soul –
Your peace within.




It is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8; NIV).

Now we can serve God, not in the old way of obeying the law, but in the new way of living in the Spirit (Romans 7:6; NLT).


Rules and doctrines
Have no bearing
On my faith at all,
For it’s a gift
From you,
Which grows
As I experience you
In contemplation.