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The truth

You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free
(John 8:32; NLT).

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Meditation doesn’t mean
Observing our thoughts dispassionately,
Then simply letting them go.

Instead, it’s an opportunity
To grasp our secret thoughts
So we can hear them –

For then
We will learn the truth
About ourselves.

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Let go

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).

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

 

Lord,
Please help me
To let go
Again and again
Of longing
To be different
From how I am.

 

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Let go

Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace (Luke 2:28; KJV).

Into your hands I commit my spirit (Psalm 31:5; NIV).

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

 

Lord,
May let go
Be my mantra
Every day –

In life,
In meditation,
And in death.

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God is all

We are the temple of the living God (2 Corinthians 6:16; NLT).

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

There is […] one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all (Ephesians 4:5-6; NLT).

 

Breathe in,
Breathe out –

Again,
Again.

Let go
Of thought –

Again,
Again.

The world
Retreats –

Again,
Again.

And God
Is all –

Again,
Again.

 

 

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Courage and strength

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

Be strong and courageous! (Psalm 31:24; NLT).

Whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord (Romans 14:8; NIV).

The spirit returns to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; NIV).

Return, O my soul, to your rest (Psalm 116:7: ESV).

 

Lord,
When it’s time
For me to die,

Please give me
The courage

And strength
I need,

So I can let go of life,
At last,

And grasp your hand
Instead.

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Letting go

“No, my daughters, return to your parents’ homes, for I am too old to marry again” (Ruth 1:12; NLT).

“No,” he replied, “I am far too old to go with the king to Jerusalem” (2 Samuel 19:34; NLT).

“I am eighty years old today, and I can no longer enjoy anything” (2 Samuel 19:35; NLT).

Then she lived as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the Temple but stayed there day and night, worshipping God with fasting and prayer (Luke 2:37; NLT).

Father,
My health is damaged,
My energy in short supply,
And I am growing old.

There are things I’ve never been able to do,
Things I can’t do any more,
And things I will never manage now.

Please help me to let go of them all,
And to accept myself just as I am,
So I can focus on you alone.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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