Prayer

Hold lightly

Teach us to realise the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom (Psalm 90:12; NLT).

The Lord gives both death and life (1 Samuel 2:6; NLT).

No one has power over the time of their death (Ecclesiastes 8:8; NIV).

Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour (Matthew 25:13; NIV).

This very night your life will be demanded from you (Luke 12:20; NIV).

 

Friends,
Let us hold on lightly
To our lives,

For we cannot know
The day or hour

When God will ask us
To relinquish them.

 

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THE QUAKER MEETING

Hello to all readers. The context of this short reflection is that yesterday I attended my first Quaker Meeting for a long time, and found the friendly, tolerant silence a huge relief.


The Quaker Meeting

“For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them” (Matthew 18:20; NLT).

He said to Peter, “Couldn’t you watch with me even one hour?” Matthew 26:40; NLT).

Jesus replied, “The Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the LORD your God and serve only him’ ” (Luke 4:8; NLT).

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him (Psalm 37:7; NIV).

Be silent before the LORD, all humanity (Zechariah 2:13; NLT).


Lord,
Thank you
For this precious time
With Friends:
An hour to wait for you,
Watch with you,
And worship you –
In blesséd silence.

Amen.

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TIME

Time

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens (Ecclesiastes  3:1; NIV).

Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile” (Mark 6:31; NLT).

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed (Mark 1:35; NIV).


Lord,
Thank you for the luxury
Of free time –
For the mornings
When I needn’t get up early,
The days
When I don’t have to hurry,
The evenings
When I put my feet up,
And the blissful hours
When I can be alone,
With you.

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Today

Today

Isaac said, “I am an old man and don’t know the day of my death” (Genesis 27:2; NIV).

“The LORD brings death and makes alive” (1 Samuel 2:6; NIV).

As no one has power over the wind to contain it, so no one has power over the time of their death (Ecclesiastes 8:8; NIV).

“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour” (Matthew 25:13; NIV).

Father,
Thank you for
All my yesterdays,
Both good
And bad.

Only you
Know how many
Tomorrows
I have to come –
So all I have
Is now.

Lord,

Please help me
To love and serve you –
Today,
Tomorrow,
And every day.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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