Life

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

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

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Lord,
Bless us all,
Throughout our lives:

Our struggles
To grow up,

To overcome
Our brokenness,

And search
Our inner depth.

Lord,
Bless us all,
Throughout our lives:

Our sickness
And decline,

The struggle to accept
Our fate,

Our letting go,
And death.

It’s okay

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).

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It’s okay
To be tired.

It’s okay
To be ill.

It’s okay
To be anxious.

It’s okay
To be still.

It’s okay
To be silent.

It’s okay
To feel fear.

It’s okay
To let go now –

It’s okay,
For I am here.

May I slowly let go

The dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; NIV).

Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit (Luke 23:46; KJV).

I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one – as you are in me, Father, and I am in you (John 17:21; NLT).

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Lord,
May I slowly let go of
My self,
Becoming aware
Of our oneness
In deep silence.

Lord,
May I slowly relinquish
My self,
Remaining aware
Of our oneness
Day and night.

Lord,
May I slowly surrender
My self,
Fully aware
Of our oneness
In life, and in death.

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.

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.

 

Let go

Well, after the amazing spiritual high I wrote about yesterday, today has been something of an anti-climax, which perhaps isn’t very surprising. I feel exhausted, empty and dispirited, entirely devoid of inspiration.

However, I still have a few unpublished prayers in hand, so after a lot of thought, I’ve decided to continue posting until everything suitable has been used. If no fresh insights have come to me by then, I will have to bring this blogsite to a close, either for a while, or permanently. This prospect makes me very sad, but if it happens, I will have to accept it.

Anyway, for the moment, here is a short prayer I wrote some weeks ago:

 

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

 

References

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).