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Drink this cup

I wrote this prayer today (5.9.18), at 7.30am, before a hospital visit:

Sit down, my child,
And drink this cup
Of suffering,
Which I have brought. 

Remember all 
That Jesus did,
And practice all
That Jesus taught.

And do not fear
What lies ahead –
The sickness, pain,
And suffering –

Just fix your heart
Upon the prize:
Eternal life,
With Christ, your King.

At 4pm the same day, I learned that I have two invasive cancers in my left breast, so will be having surgery soon. When it seems appropriate, I’ll include news of what’s happening with my daily blogs. If I miss a day or two, which I’ve never done before, you will know there’s a good reason.

References

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

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

Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? (Matthew 6:27; NLT).

Be strong, and do not fear (Isaiah 35:4; NLT).

I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong (2 Corinthians 12:10; KJV).

I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us (Philippians 3:14; NLT).

For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3; NLT).

Look, your King is coming to you. He is humble, riding on a donkey – riding on a donkey’s colt (Matthew 21:5; NLT). 

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Save us!

 

Lord, 

Save us, 
For we suffer –
Heal our bodies. 

Save us, 
For we sorrow – 
Heal our minds.

Save us, 
For we founder –
Heal our hearts, Lord.

Save us, 
For we perish –
Heal our souls.

 

References 

The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown” (Matthew 8:25; NLT).

You threw me into the ocean depths, and I sank down to the heart of the sea. The mighty waters engulfed me; I was buried beneath your wild and stormy waves (Jonah 2:3; NLT).

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).

Lord, be merciful to me: heal my soul; for I have sinned against thee (Psalm 41:4; WEB).

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Heaven is NOW!

 

Heaven is now,
For God the Father
Is around us,
And within.

Heaven is now,
For God the Son
Dwells in us,
Despite our sin.

Heaven is now,
For God the Spirit 
Fills us – heart, and soul
And mind.

Heaven is now, 
For we are one
With the God we seek,
And find.

 

References

The Kingdom of God is already among you (Luke 17:21; NLT).

The kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:21; NKJV).

Christ lives in me (Galatians 2:20; NIV).

We do not have a great high priest who is unable to empathise with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet he did not sin (Hebrews 4:15; NLT).

You have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you (1 John 2:27; NLT).

Whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17; NIV).

If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me (Jeremiah 29:13-14; NLT).

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Christ hears

 

Christ hears the prayers 
Of our troubled minds, 
As he pleads in Gethsemane.

Christ hears the prayers 
Of our stricken hearts,
As he hangs on Golgotha’s tree.

Christ hears the prayers 
Of our wretched souls,
As he yearns for death’s release.

Christ hears the prayers 
Of our failing strength,
As he finds, at last, God’s peace.

 

References 

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).

He hears us (1 John 5:14; NIV).

They went to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and Jesus said, “Sit here while I go and pray” (Mark 14:32; NLT).

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

They brought Jesus to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of the Skull) (Mark 15:22; NLT).

Then the soldiers nailed him to the cross (Mark 15:24; NLT).

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

Then Jesus shouted, “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!” And with those words he breathed his last (Luke 23:46; NLT).

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When I wake up

 

When I wake up
I turn afresh 
To Christ, who dwells
Within my flesh. 

Next, I begin  
To seek and find
The Christ, who dwells 
Within my mind.

Then I get up, 
To play my part
For Christ, who dwells
Within my heart.

And, all day long,
I’ll make my goal
The Christ, who dwells
Within each soul.

 

References

When I wake up, you are still with me! (Psalm 139:18; NLT).

Christ lives within you (Romans 8:10; NLT).

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

Let love be your highest goal (1 Corinthians 14:1; NLT).

Your real life is hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3; NLT).

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Inner truth

 

Our prayers should voice 
Our inner truth,

But we are   
Deeply flawed,

And though we often
Fool ourselves,

You see our hearts,
Dear Lord.

 

References

You have searched me, Lord, and you know me […] You perceive my thoughts from afar […] You are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely (Psalm 139:1-4; NIV).

If we claim to have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth (1 John 1:8; NLT).

People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart (1 Samuel 16:7; NIV).

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Seek God

 

Seek God
In your desert;

Seek him 
Night and day.  

Seek him
In your ruins;

Seek him
When you stray.

Seek God 
In your wilderness;

Seek him
In the dark.

Seek him
In your brokenness;

Find him
In your heart.

 

References 

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

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

I am like an eagle owl, like little owl among the ruins (Psalm 102:6; CSB).

Clouds and thick darkness surround him (Psalm 97:2; NIV).

You will cry out from anguish of heart and wail in brokenness of spirit (Isaiah 65:14; NIV).

The kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:21; KJV).

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