Breast cancer, mastectomy,, prayer, healing, contemplation, oneness, love,

How can I thank you?

 

How can I thank you, Lord my God,
For everything you give?
For every pulse, and every breath,
And every day I live?

How can I thank you, Lord, my God,
For every drop of rain?
For every tree, and every fruit,
And every head of grain?

How can I thank you, Lord, my God,
For every falling leaf?
For every loss, and every death,
And every tide of grief?

How can I thank you, Lord, my God,
For every gift of love?
For every fear, and every wound, 
And every drop of blood?

 

References

Thank him for all he has done (Philippians 4:6; NLT).

He gives us rain each spring and fall, assuring us of a harvest when the time is right (Jeremiah 5:24; NLT).

Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:18; NIV).

Not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it (Matthew 10:29; NLT).

There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends (John 15:13; NLT).

This is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many (Matthew 26:28; NLT).

God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16, NLT).

Advertisements
Standard
Breast cancer, mastectomy,, Prayer, suffering, life, courage, help, bear, illness, mental, physical,

Wilderness

 

When we are in a wilderness
Of sorrow,

Of sickness, anger, grief, despair,                       
Or fear,

Remind us you’ve experienced 
This too, Lord, 

And that you suffer with us,
Always near.

 

References

Some wandered in the wilderness, lost and homeless (Psalm 107; 4; NLT).

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted (Matthew 4:1; NLT).

How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day?(Psalm 13:2; NLT).

Sickness: Then Pilate had Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip (John 19:1; NLT).

Anger: Jesus made a whip from some ropes and chased them all out of the temple. He drove out the sheep and cattle, scattered the money changers’ coins over the floor,  and turned over their tables (John 2:15; NLT).

Grief: Then Jesus wept. The people who were standing nearby said, “See how much he loved him!” (John 11:35-6; NLT).

Despair: My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? (Mark 15:34; NLT).

Fear: He was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood (Luke 22:44; NLT).

Shall I not drink from the cup of suffering the Father has given me? (John 18:11; NLT).

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

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff – they comfort me (Psalm 23:4; NRSV).

Standard
Prayer, suffering, life, courage, help, bear, illness, mental, physical,

The way to God

He found them in a desert land, in an empty, howling wasteland (Deuteronomy 32:10; NLT).

He has known your walking through this great wilderness: these forty years the Lord your God has been with you (Deuteronomy 2:7; HNV).

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

The Lord is close to all who call on him (Psalm 145:18; NLT).

***********************************************

The way to God 
Lies through our howling wastelands,

Through suffering and failure, 
Pain and fear;

Through brokenness, and grief,
And sharp temptation,

For when we’re in our desert
He is near.

Standard
Prayer, suffering, life, courage, help, bear, illness, mental, physical,

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).

***************************************

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?

Standard
Prayer, suffering, life, courage, help, bear, illness, mental, physical,

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).

**************************************

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.

Standard
body, mind, heart, soul, realisation, important, prayer, contemplation,

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).

…………………………………………………………….

 

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.

Standard
body, mind, heart, soul, realisation, important, prayer, contemplation,, Prayer

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).

…………………………………………………………………………………………

 

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

For suffering,
Grief and sorrow,

Righteous anger,
Peace, and love.

Standard