Forgive, blame, anger, turn cheek, hurt, prayer,, Prayer

Give me a church

 

Lord, 

Give me a church 
I can, at last, belong to –

A place where people 
Want to grow like you;

Where people love, fall out, 
Make up, say sorry;

Where everyone who fails 
Can start anew. 

None of this ever happened 
With my mother –

She never said sorry
For how she treated me.

So, give me a church 
Where I can find a home, Lord,

Where all can share your love,
Which sets us free.

 

References

We will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ (Ephesians 4:15; NLT).

If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the other person listens and confesses it, you have won that person back (Matthew 18:15; NRSV).

Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow builds her nest and raises her young at a place near your altar (Psalm 84:3; NLT).

The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love (Galatians 5:6; NIV). 

The oppressed will be set free (Luke 4:18; NLT).

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Emotional abuse

 

Lord,

Every day
I’m still affected

By the consequences
Of my mother’s emotional abuse –

Depression, 
Anxiety,
And fear;

Low self-esteem, 
Panic, 
And dread.

So every day
Brings me fresh opportunities
To forgive her.

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References

“Lord, how many times shall I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?” “No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven!” (Matthew 18:21-2; NLT). 

If you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins (Matthew 6:14-15; NIV).

Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us (Luke 11:4; NIV).

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My mother

Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing (Luke 23:34; NLT).

Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us (Luke 11:4; NLT).

Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you (Matthew 5:44; NIV).

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My mother,
Who is old,
Is slowly dying.

She’s never
Going to say
She’s sorry now.

Help me
To accept this,
To forgive her,

To understand,
And love her, Lord –
Somehow.

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Sister and brother

Jesus replied, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers? Then he looked around him and said, “Look, these are my mother and brothers. Anyone who does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother” (Mark 3:33-5; NLT).

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Lord Jesus,

Through your teaching
And example,

Each woman
Is my cherished, precious sister,

And every man
My treasured, much-loved brother.

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Father and mother

Honour your father and mother (Exodus 20:12; NLT).

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

 

Lord,
Thank you for my father,
And my mother;

For all I experienced in childhood –
Good and bad;

And for all the consequences
I’ve survived;

For all I’ve learned,
And all I’ve had to overcome.

Through Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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Holy Father

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength (Mark 12:30; NLT).

Love ye therefore the stranger (Deuteronomy 10:19; KJV).

Love your enemies! (Matthew 5:43-4; NLT).

Love your neighbour as yourself (Luke 10:27; NIV).

He loves us with unfailing love (Psalm 117:2; NLT).

 

Holy Father,
Sacred Mother,
Blesséd Sister,
Dearest Brother,

Hallowed Stranger,
Precious Foe –
May we love you
As we grow.

Cherished Daughter,
Treasured Son,
We are all
God’s precious One.

Valued Neighbour,
Dearest Friend –
May we love you
Till life’s end.

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