death, depression, exile, healing, mental illness, pain, phobia, Prayer, sin, suffering

Thank you for my life

Thank you for my life, Lord,
My exile here on earth,
For all I have experienced
And learned.

Thank you for my wounds, Lord,
My healing at your hands;
For all the care I’ve welcomed
And returned.

Thank you for my darkness, Lord,
My losses, and my grief;
For all the times I’ve laid awake
At night.

Thank you for my sins, Lord,
My sorrow and my shame;
For all the ways I’ve tried
To put things right.

Thank you for your gifts, Lord,
Your blessings, and your joy;
For all the fears
I’ve worked to overthrow.

Thank you for my home, Lord,
My kindred, food, and drink;
For all the ways I’ve had to change
And grow.

Thank you for your teaching, Lord,
Your pattern, faith and hope;
For all the sickness
I have had to face.

Thank you for your crown, Lord,
Your forgiveness, and your love;
My birth, life, death, and, most of all,
Your grace.

References 

When I bring you home from exile, you will be like a pleasing sacrifice to me (Ezekiel 20:41; NLT).

Though he wounds, he also bandages. He strikes, but his hands also heal (Job 5:18; NLT).

Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows (John 16:33; 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).

Be thankful in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18; NIV).

He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies (Psalm 103:2-4; NLT).

God saved you by his grace when you believed (Ephesians 2:8; NLT).

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In all things

 

Lord,

You’re present
In all things,
But we don’t recognise 
Your face,

Or thank you, Lord,
For all you do
To make us new,
And give us grace.

 

References

When they look, they won’t really see (Luke 8:10; NLT).

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

Seek his face always (1 Chronicles 16:11; NIV).

Suddenly, their eyes were opened, and they recognised him (Luke 24:31; NLT).

Give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NIV).

He renews you by his love (Zephaniah 3:17; NET).

He gives us grace (Psalm 84:11; NLT).

 

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Truly free

I thought some of you might be interested to see how a prayer can continue to grow, even after I think it’s finished. So here, as a bonus, is yesterday’s blog, with a brand-new, unexpected second half, written this morning:

 

Come, sit with me
And seek my voice;
Then you will know me,
And rejoice.

Come, rest with me
And seek my face;
Then you will share
My peace and grace.

Come, walk with me
And take my hand;
Then you will join
My pilgrim band.

Come, take your cross
And follow me;
Then you will find
You’re truly free.

 

References

Come to me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28; NLT).

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

Your own ears will hear him. (Isaiah 30:21; NLT).

Seek his face always (1 Chronicles 16:11; NIV).

May God give you more and more grace and peace (2 Peter 1:2; NLT).

Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men (Matthew 4:19; NKJV).

If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me (Luke 9:23; NLT).

If the Son sets you free, you are truly free (John 8:36; NLT).

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Contemplation

Come, sit with me,
And seek my voice,

Then you will know me,
And rejoice.

Come, rest with me,
And seek my face,

Then you will share
My peace and grace.

 

References

Come to me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28; NLT).

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

Your own ears will hear him. (Isaiah 30:21; NLT).

The godly will rejoice in the Lord and find shelter in him (Psalm 64:10; NLT).

Seek his face always (1 Chronicles 16:11; NIV).

May God give you more and more grace and peace (2 Peter 1:2; NLT).

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As darkness falls

As darkness falls,
I come ashore,

And take the path
To heaven’s door.

You run to meet me,
Kiss my face,

And overwhelm me
With your grace.

 

References

If you are walking in darkness, without a ray of light, trust in the Lord and rely on your God (Isaiah 50:10; NLT).

There before me was a door standing open in heaven (Revelation 4:1; NIV).

While he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him (Luke 15:20; NIV).

Doesn’t your fear of him overwhelm you? (Job 13:11; NLT).

Let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most (Hebrews 4:16; NLT).

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When we lose you

Jesus, 
When we lose you   
In our troubles,
May we search until
We find your peace.

Spirit,
When we lose you 
In our sorrow,
May we search until
We share your love.

Mary,
When we lose you
In our sickness,
May we search until 
We know your grace. 

Father,
When we lose you
In our darkness, 
May we search
Until we see your face.

 

References 

O God, you are my God. I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you (Psalm 63:1; NLT).

If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me (Jeremiah 29:13; NLT).

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

Peace I leave you; my peace I give you (John 14:27; NIV).

He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love (Romans 5:5; NLT).

Here is your mother (John 19:27; NLT). 

Now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face (1 Corinthians 13:12; KJV).

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Grace before food, drink, or medication

I pray for those, Lord God,  
Who have sufficient.

I pray for those, Lord God, 
Whose means are small.

I pray for those, Lord God,
With very little;

And I pray for those 
With nothing, Lord, at all. 

 

References

He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me” (Luke 22:19; NLT). 

He took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them […] And he said to them, “This is my blood” (Mark 14:23-4; NLT).

 

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