Prayer

Self-pity

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

 

Lord,
Please help me
To cast aside
Self-pity –

The most corrosive
State of mind
I can indulge.

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Independence

When you were young, you were able to do as you liked; you dressed yourself and went wherever you wanted to go. But when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and others will dress you and take you where you don’t want to go (John 21:18; NLT).

 

Lord
Having to be dependent
Is a challenge,

Yet independence
Is no more than self-deception –

An illusion we indulge
When all is well!

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End

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it (John 1:5; NLT).

In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and turns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away! (Luke 15:7; NLT).

The LORD looks down from heaven on the entire human race; he looks to see if anyone is truly wise, if anyone seeks God. But no, all have turned away; all have become corrupt. No one does good, not a single one. Will those who do evil never learn? They eat up my people like bread and wouldn’t think of praying to the LORD (Psalm 14:2-4; NLT).

The end of the world is coming soon (1 Peter 4:7; NLT).


Lord,
You are beyond stillness,
Silence,
And darkness –

Shining,
Sparkling,
Dancing with joy
When we repent
And turn to you;

Weeping over our selfishness,
Prejudice,
Hatred,
Cruelty,
And violence;

And watching us indulge
Our darkest impulses unchecked,
As we bring our fragile planet
Ever closer to its end.

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Christmas

Christmas

Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord (Luke 2:11; NIV).


Father,
I’ve just watched
Some pre-Christmas adverts
On TV.

Their only purpose
Is to make money,
By persuading us
To indulge in excess food,
Alcohol,
And ‘gifts’
We don’t need.

They want us to believe
These things will make us happy,
Rather than corrupting us
In body,
Mind,
And soul.

Lord,
How have we moved
From a simple celebration
Of your birth,
To this appalling orgy
Of over-consumption
And materialistic waste?

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