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What were the joys of your body?

Jesus, tired from the long walk, sat wearily bedside the well about noontime (John 4:6; NLT).

Jesus didn’t trust them, because he knew human nature (John 2:24; 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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What were the joys
Of your body?

What were the thoughts
In your mind?

What was the fear
In your heart, Lord?

What was the grief
In your soul?

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Rain, your tears, Lord

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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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;
Grief,
Your death.

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Wordless

Be silent before the Sovereign Lord (Zephaniah 1:7; NIV).

[The] Spirit intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words (Romans 8:26; NRSV).

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Lord God,
In silent prayer,
I sometimes feel

As if my mind
Will burst
With wordless joy,

Or that my heart
Will break
With wordless grief.

Then my soul
Melts away
In wordless bliss,

To unify
With yours,
In wordless love.

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You share with us

God created human beings in his own image (Genesis 1:27; NLT).

God will rejoice over you (Isaiah 62:5; NLT).

In all their suffering he also suffered (Isaiah 63:9; NLT).

Do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30; NLT).

Leave that (revenge) to the righteous anger of God (Romans 12:19; NLT).

May God, who gives us his peace, be with you all (Romans 15:33; NLT).

God loves us (Romans 5:5; NLT).

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Lord God,
You choose to share with us
Your deep capacity for joy,

For suffering,
Grief and sorrow,

Righteous anger,
Peace, and love.

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Ups and downs

To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under the heaven (Ecclesiastes 3:1; KJV).

Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble? (Job 2:10; NIV).

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

Lord,
Thank you for the ups and downs
Of life –

For all my brightest days,
And darkest nights;

The times of deep depression,
And of joy;

Of dread, and bliss,
Of ecstasy, and grief.

Thank you for that all I experience,
Good and bad,

For these things help to make me
Who I am.

 

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Joys and sorrows

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

I am overwhelmed with joy in the Lord my God (Isaiah 61:10; NLT).

The Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait quietly for God’s promises to be fulfilled (Romans 15:4; NLT).

 

Life brings many joys,
And many sorrows –
Lord, help us,
As we do our best to cope.

Ecstatic tears
Can swiftly turn to grief –
Lord, in our darkest times,
Please give us hope.

 

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Sharing

Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done (Luke 22:42; NIV).

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

Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows (Isaiah 53:4; NIV).

 

Father,
I’m not asking you
To take away my pain –
It’s enough to know
You’re sharing it with me.

I’m not asking you
To take away my grief –
It’s enough to know
You’re sharing it with me.

I’m not asking you
To take away my fear –
It’s enough to know
You’re sharing it with me.

I’m not asking you
To take away my life –
It’s enough to know
You’re sharing it with me.

Nor am I asking you
To take away my death –
It’s enough to know
That you’ll share it with me.

 

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