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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).


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 –


It doesn’t matter

The eternal God is your refuge (Deuteronomy 33:27; NLT).

The Lord [is] strong and mighty (Psalm 24:8; NLT).

Your heavenly Father is perfect (Matthew 5:48; NIV).

Whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17; NIV).


It doesn’t matter
That I’m old,
For you’re eternal.

It doesn’t matter
That I’m weak,
For you are strong.

It doesn’t matter
That I’m flawed,
For you are perfect.

It doesn’t matter
That I’m nothing –
We are one.



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).

Because of ill-heath
And getting old,
I can no longer do
So many of the things
I used to love.

Please help me
To be patient
And accepting,
Making the best I can
Of life each day,
Within my limitations.


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).

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,



For when I am weak, then I am strong (2 Corinthians 12:10; NLT).

If I were young,
I would have energy
To spare –
As others do.

And if I were tall,
I could reach
High shelves –
As others do.

And if I were strong,
I could carry
Heavy bags –
As others do.

And if I were confident,
I could travel alone
Without stress –
As others do.

But I am old,
And small,
And weak,
And insecure.

May I always remember
That when I am weak,
Then I am strong,
Because of you.

Help me to love
And serve you
In everyone I meet,
Despite my limitations.

Through Jesus’ name,



Not worthy

I am not worthy of all the love and faithfulness you have shown to me” (Genesis 32:10; NLT).

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun (2 Corinthians 5:17; NLT).

“I am not even worthy to come and meet you” (Luke 7:7; NLT).

I’m not worthy
To be loved,
Yet you adore me.

I’m not worthy
Of forgiveness,
Yet you pardon me.

I’m not worthy
To be healed,
Yet you restore me.

I’m not worthy
Of new life,
Yet you redeem me.

I’m not worthy
To draw near,
And yet you welcome me.