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Darkness and light

Hello everyone. I thought some of you might be interested to see what a difference a word or two can make to the feel and meaning of a prayer. Below are two versions of the same basic idea. See what you think about the different shades of meaning to be found in each:

1st version

May darkness be 
The same to me 
As light.

May weakness be 
The same to me
As might.

May hardship be 
The same to me
As wealth.

May sickness be
The same to me 
As health.

May silence be 
The same to me
As speech.

May trouble be
The same to me
As peace.  

May dryness be 
The same to me 
As dew.

May death, Lord, be
The same to me
As you.

2nd version

May darkness be 
As dear to me
As light.

May weakness be 
As dear to me
As might.

May hardship be 
As dear to me
As wealth.

May sickness be
As dear to me 
As health.

May silence be 
As dear to me
As speech.

May trouble be
As dear to me
As peace.  

May dryness be  
As dear to me 
As dew.

May death, Lord, be
As dear to me
As you.

References

Darkness and light are the same to you (Psalm 139:12; NLT).

When I am weak, then I am strong (2 Corinthians 12:10; NLT).

I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything (Philippians 4:12; NLT).

I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation (Philippians 4:12; NIV).

Into your hands I commit my spirit (Psalm 31:5; NIV)

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Our narrow way

God, our Father,
Help us when we suffer.
Help us to accept 
Our narrow way.

Help us still to serve 
As we are able,
And always, Lord, to thank you, 
And to pray.

Christ, our Saviour,
Help us face our hardships.
Help us to accept 
Our weary way.

Help us still to serve
As we are able,
And always, Lord, to worship you, 
And pray.

Mother Mary,
Help us through our sorrows. 
Help us to accept 
Our stony way.   

Help us still to serve
As we are able,
And always to rejoice in you, 
And pray. 

Holy Spirit, 
Help us in our weakness.
Help us to accept
Our lonely way.

Help us still to serve
As we are able,
And always, Lord, to cling to you,
And pray.

………………………………………

References

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

Small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it (Matthew 7:14; NIV).

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

You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him (Luke 4:8; NLT).

Simeon blessed them, and he said to Mary, the baby’s mother […] “A sword will pierce your very soul” (Luke 2:34-5; NLT).

The Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness (Romans 8:26; NLT).

Cling to him (Deuteronomy 13:4; NLT).

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NIV).

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Sharing

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

If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine (Matthew 26:39; NLT).

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

 

Lord,
Whatever hardships
I experience –

Pain, distress,
Anxiety, or fear –

I don’t ask you
To take them all away.

Instead, help me to face them
Unreservedly,

Sharing each experience
With you.

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Restoration

Restoration 

You have allowed me to suffer much hardship, but you will restore me to life again and lift me up from the depths of the earth (Psalm 71:20; NLT).

“You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind” (Luke 10:27; NLT).

But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength (Isaiah 40:31; NLT).

I say to myself, “The LORD is my inheritance; therefore I will hope in him” (Lamentations 3:24; NLT).

He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy (Psalm 28:7; NLT).

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


Lord,
Restore me to life again,
And lift me up
From the depths of the earth.

My body is weak –
Help me to find strength
In your power.

My mind is sad –
Help me to find hope
In your Word.

My heart is lonely –
Help me to find joy
In your presence.

My soul is empty –
Help me to find fulfilment
In your love.

Lord,
Restore me to life again,
And lift me up
From the depths of the earth,
I pray.

Through Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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Give thanks

Give thanks

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NIV).

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

By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-3; NRSV).

Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity (Hebrews 6:1; NIV).

Father,
Please help me
To give thanks to you
In all circumstances.

It’s easy to be grateful
When life is going well,
But much harder
When I face suffering.

Yet there is so much to learn
From every challenge:
Love, joy and peace,
Patience, kindness and generosity,
Faithfulness, gentleness
And self-control.

These are the qualities
I need to develop,
If I am to become
A mature Christian,
And they grow through
How I handle hardship,
Not through enjoying
An easy life.

Lord,
Thank you for my trials.
Help me to learn all I can
Through facing them,
So I will slowly become
Just a little more
Like your dear Son.

I ask this in his precious name,
Amen.

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Suffering

Suffering 

…he is not far from any one of us (Acts 17:27; NIV).

For in him we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28, NIV).

Come near to God and he will come near to you (James 4:8; NIV).

Mortals, born of woman, are of few days and full of trouble (Job 14:1; NIV).

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

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer (Romans 12:12; NIV).

Father,
Thank you for staying close to us
When we suffer,
However alone
Or far from you
We feel.

Please speak to us
In, and through,
Our afflictions
And hardships;

Encourage us to learn
All they can teach us;

Support us as we help
Ourselves, and others,
As much as we can;

Make us joyful in hope,
Patient in affliction,
And faithful in prayer;

And bring us safely
Through our trials at last.

In Jesus’ holy name,
Amen.

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