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Each defeat

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

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil (Matthew 4:1; NLT).

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

With your help I can advance against a troop, with my God I can scale a wall (2 Samuel 22:30; NIV).

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Lord,

May each defeat,
Each loss, fear,
And affliction

Be a turning-point,
A challenge,
An adventure –

A chance to face
And overcome
My demons,

A chance to grow
In confidence,
With you.

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Lord of laughter

I am the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6; NLT).

I am the light of the world (John 8:12; NIV).

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

Take up your cross, and follow me (Mark 8:34; NLT).

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Lord of laughter,
And of life,

Lord of dancing,
And of light;

Lord of sickness,
And of loss,

Help us all
To bear our cross.

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Thy will be done

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

Though the Lord gave you adversity for food and suffering for drink, he will still be with you to teach you (Isaiah 30:20; 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).

Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine (Luke 22:42; NLT).

Patient endurance is what you need now (Hebrews 10:36; NLT).

Thy will be done (Matthew 6:10; KJV).

 

Lord God,
When life brings suffering
And loss,
Please help us to accept
And to endure –
Thy will be done.

Lord God,
When death brings suffering
And loss,
Please help us to accept
And to endure –
Thy will be done.

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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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Faith, hope, and love

Three things will last forever – faith, hope, and love – and the greatest of these is love (1 Corinthians 13:13; NLT).

Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief” (Mark 9:24; NIV).

He rescues those whose spirits are crushed (Psalm 34:18; NLT).

 

Lord,
I have faith.

Please help me
If I ever lose
My faith.

I have hope.

Please save me
If I ever lose
All hope.

I love you.

Please heal me,
If I ever 
lose
That love.

 

 

 

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Sadness

Sadness

“Select only strong, healthy, and good-looking young men,” he said (Daniel 1:4; NLT).

They were all attractive young men, captains and commanders dressed in handsome blue (Ezekiel 23:6; NLT).


Yesterday,
I saw a gang of scaffolders
Working together
On a house –

Young men in the prime of life,
Tall and healthy,
Capable and strong,
Full of energy and cheerfulness.

I smiled at them,
And blessed them in my heart;
Then envied them,
For being everything I’m not;

Then wept,
Because of all I’ve never been,
And never will be
In this life.

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Faith

Faith 

For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end
(Psalm 48:14; NIV).

Not a single person on earth is always good and never sins (Ecclesiastes 7:20; NLT).

God is faithful (1 Corinthians 10:13; NIV).

God is love (1 John 4:16; NLT).


Father,
Please help me
Never to let my faith
Depend on how others
Behave towards me,
Or I will constantly
Be at risk
Of losing it –
And may the faith of others
Never depend on me!

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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