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Pointless

Father,

It is pointless
To resent, or hate,
Our illness,

For anger 
Will not make it 
Go away.   

Instead, 
Help us to live
With how we are,

To manage,
And to learn 
From it,

Making the best
We can 
Of every day.

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

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

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).

 When your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow (James 1:3; NLT).

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Illusion

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

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).

 

Lord,
We can’t control
The realities of illness,
Disappointment,

Sorrow,
Loss,
And death,

Although we like
To think we can,
When life goes well.

Help us let go
Of our futile yearning
For control,

As thinking
We control our lives
Is an illusion.

 

 

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Illness

Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying  (Romans 12:12; NLT).

Should we accept only good things from the hand of God and never anything bad? (Job 2:10; NLT).

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me (Psalm 23:4; KJV).

 

Lord,
Please help me
To face my illness

Not with fear,
Or bitterness,

Self-pity,
Or resentment,

Denial,
Or frustration,

But with patient, calm acceptance –
And with you.

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Peace

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation
(2 Thessalonians 3:16; NLT).

The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised
(Job 1:21; NIV).

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

A wise person thinks a lot about death (Ecclesiastes 7:4; NLT).


Father,
Please help me
To live at peace with myself –

By embracing all I’ve experienced,
And all the consequences,
Good and bad;

By coming to terms
With all the limitations
Illness brings;

And by welcoming old age
And death,
With quiet acceptance. 

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Wisdom

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

“But true wisdom and power are found in God; counsel and understanding are his” (Job 12:13; NLT).

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

To acquire wisdom is to love oneself (Proverbs 19:8; NLT).

If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you (James 1:5; NLT).


Lord,
I’m so tired
Of living with chronic illness.

Please heal me in body and mind –
But if that’s not your will,
Help me to accept my limitations,
And to live within them wisely.

Through Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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