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

O, my children

 

O, my children, 
Though you weep,

Remember 
I am always near.  

O, my children,
Though you grieve, 

Remember 
I am always here. 

O, my children, 
Though you fail, 

Remember 
You are always dear.

O, my children,
Though you fall, 

Remember me –
And have no fear.

 

References

You are close beside me (Psalm 23:4; NLT).

Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it (Genesis 28:16; NIV).

We know how much God loves us (1 John 4:16; NLT).

The Lord is for me, so I will have no fear (Psalm 118:6; NLT).

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All who grieve

 

May all who grieve, Lord,
Turn to you for comfort.

May all who suffer 
Know that they are blessed.

May all those facing trials, Lord,
Be strengthened.

May all those who are weary
Find your rest.

 

References 

God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted (Matthew 5:4; NLT).

Those who suffer he delivers in their suffering; he speaks to them in their affliction (Job 36:15; NIV).

With your help I can advance against a troop, with my God I can scale a wall (2 Samuel 22:30; NIV).

Keep on seeking and you will find (Luke 11:9; NLT). 

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

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New Year

Happy New Year everyone, though I know that for many of us, this won’t be an easy time. Life can be very hard, but the New Year does offer us the chance to make a fresh start. That’s what today’s prayer is about, so I’m sending it out early, for the sake of those who are struggling.

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I was given a thorn in my flesh […] Three times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:7-9; NLT).

I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10; NLT).

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New Year –

The time
To face our losses squarely;

To grieve,
In preparation to move on.

Then accept, adapt,
And give up all self-pity,

And do our best
To learn to live again.

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You never stop loving us

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

The Lord looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. All have turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one (Psalm 14:2-3; NIV).

 

Lord,
You never stop loving us,
No matter what we do,
Though you grieve
Over our ignorance,
Selfishness,
Dishonesty,
And hatred.

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Rejection

The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made (Psalm 145:9; NIV).

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

You have rejected him (Job 34:33; NLT).

The fool says in his heart, “There is no God” (Psalm 14:1; NIV).

 

Lord,
You love everything you make,
Including us, your people.

So how we must hurt
And grieve your heart,

When we give up
Our search for you,

Reject you,
Then deny that you exist.

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Self-protection

How frail is humanity! How short is life, how full of trouble! (Job 14:1; NLT).

God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us (2 Corinthians 1:3-4; NLT).

Love your neighbour as yourself (Matthew 19:19; NLT).


Lord,
Everyone has problems.

Some are willing to work
On personal change.

I can support them
As they grieve,
Accept,
And adapt to
Their new reality.

But others
Don’t want to change.

They only want
To complain bitterly
About what they’ve lost,
Revelling in self-pity
And resentment.

Their company
Is toxic.

Their behaviour
Makes me very anxious,
Ringing all my warning bells
From childhood.

So I stay away from them,
Because I must protect myself,
By listening to my body,
And remembering
My own deep-rooted limitations.

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ONE GOD

One God 

There is only one God (Romans 3:30; NLT).

Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror (1 Corinthians 13:12; NLT).

But these oppressors know nothing; they are so ignorant! (Psalm 82:5; NLT).

The LORD looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. All have turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one. Do all these evildoers know nothing? (Psalm 14:2-4; NIV).

For the leaders of my people – the LORD’S watchmen, his shepherds, – are blind and ignorant (Isaiah 56:10; NLT).

Love your neighbour as yourself (Matthew 19:18; NLT).

But anyone who does not love does not know God – for God is love. (1 John 4:8; NLT).


Father,
You are the only God,
But, making you in our own image,
We misconstrue you
In our many different ways.

Then, being ignorant and foolish,
We argue over who is right,
Determined to impose our views
On those we think are wrong –
Even if that means using force.

Meanwhile, you look on,
Grieved beyond measure
By our wilful blindness,
Cruelty, and violence;

For when we fail to love
Others as ourselves,
We show them that
We don’t know you at all
As you are Love.

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