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Halfway

But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him (Luke 15:20; NIV).

O my God, I am utterly ashamed (Ezra 9:6; NLT).

With you there is forgiveness (Psalm 130:4; NIV).

The eternal God is your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you (Deuteronomy 33:27; NLT).

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You don’t meet us halfway, Lord, 
Almighty though you are –

Instead, you run to greet us
Exactly where we are.

And then you hug and kiss us,  
Though we shrink away in shame,

But you are all forgiveness,
And we’re welcomed home again.

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Love one another

Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another (1 John 4:11; NIV).

Greet all God’s people with a holy kiss (1 Thessalonians 5:26; NIV).

 

Lord,
Although you’re with me,
I can’t hug you;

But I can hug your people,
Here, instead.

And,
Although you’re with me,
I can’t kiss you;

But I can kiss your people,
Here, instead.

 

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Soothing

As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you (Isaiah 66:13; NIV).

With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs (Zephaniah 3:17; NLT).

 

Lord God,
Please soothe
My anxious heart

With songs
And warm embraces;

With kisses,
And sweet words
Of reassurance –

As a loving parent soothes
Their frightened child.

 

 

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Kiss and betray

The traitor, Judas, had given them a prearranged signal: “You will know which one to arrest when I greet him with a kiss” (Matthew 26:48; NLT).

Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught (Luke 10:39; NLT).

 

Lord,
I kiss and betray you
Every day –
Like Judas.

Instead,
May I sit at your feet
To learn from you –
Like Mary.

 

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Waste

Waste

These wicked people are born sinners; even from birth they have lied and gone their own way (Psalm 58:3; NLT).

“A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and moved to a distant land, and there he wasted all his money in wild living” (Luke 15:13; NLT).

“So he returned to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him” (Luke 15:20; NLT).


Father,
When we turn our backs on you
And go our own way,
We waste our lives
In sin and selfishness.

Yet you wait for us
With arms outstretched,
Always ready to forgive,
And longing to welcome us
With a kiss.

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Waste

Waste

These wicked people are born sinners; even from birth they have lied and gone their own way (Psalm 58:3; NLT).

“A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and moved to a distant land, and there he wasted all his money in wild living” (Luke 15:13; NLT).

So he returned to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him” (Luke 15:20; NLT).


Father,
We turn our backs on you
And go our own way,
Wasting our lives
In sin and selfishness.

Yet you wait for us
With arms outstretched,
Ready to forgive,
And longing to welcome us
With a kiss.

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I wish I could be like Mary

Hello to every reader. There is a back-story to this prayer, which I wrote yesterday morning. Since a serious thyroid illness almost 20 years ago, I have dry eye syndrome, which means lots of eye drops, and no tears. I lost my long hair to the same condition, and now just have stubble, kept tidy with a number 2 cut once a month. I can’t handle or wear any kind of perfume, either, because of the effect it has on my unprotected eyes. So you can see how far I am from being able to follow Mary’s wonderful example. Instead, I wrote this prayer:  

I wish I could be like Mary
* Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair (John 12:3; NIV).
* As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them (Luke 7:38; NIV).
*”Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven – as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.” Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven” (Luke 7:47-8; NIV).

Lord,
I wish I could be like Mary –

But I don’t have tears,
So I can’t wash your feet
As she did;

And I don’t have hair,
So I can’t dry them
As she did;

And you are not here in body,
So I can’t kiss your feet 
To express my love,
As she did;

Nor can I pour nard on them,
As she did – 

But I can tell you how sorry I am
For all my sins and failures,
And show how much I love you
By serving others in your name,
As best I can.

 

 

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