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Rejoice, give thanks and pray

 

The Lord our God is over all,
For he makes all there is.
He dwells in all; he lives through all;
And everything is his.

All things are one with you, Lord God,
You give us life each day,
So may we constantly rejoice,
Give thanks to you, and pray.

The Lord our God is water, air,
Mountains, skies and seas;
The plants that grow to feed his flocks,
All creatures, crops, and trees.

All things are one with you, Lord God,
You give us life each day,
So may we constantly rejoice,
Give thanks to you, and pray.

The Lord our God is earth and fire,
Flesh, and bones, and blood;
He dwells in us, and shares our pain
With deep, unfailing love.

All things are one with you, Lord God,
You give us life each day,
So may we constantly rejoice,
Give thanks to you, and pray.

In every thought, in every word,
In everything we do,
May we grow more like Christ, his Son,
Who lives within us, too.

All things are one with you, Lord God,
You give us life each day,
So may we constantly rejoice,
Give thanks to you and pray.

 

References

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

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NIV).

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

In all their suffering he also suffered (Isaiah 63:9; NLT).

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

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

Christ lives within you (Romans 8:10; NLT).

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Life brings suffering (2)

 

Today’s prayer links back to yesterday’s. Whilst the previous one was about sharing the sufferings of Christ, today’s focuses on sharing the sufferings of others.

 

Father,

Life brings suffering
And pain.

May we bear it, learn from it,
And gain

In empathy and love,
So we can share

The suffering of all,
And show we care.

 

References

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

When your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow (James 1:3; NLT).

Mourn with those who mourn (Romans 12:15; NRSV).

In all their suffering he also suffered (Isaiah 63:9; NLT).

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Life brings suffering (1)

Today and tomorrow I will again post two linked prayers. The first is about sharing Christ’s suffering. The second will be about sharing the sufferings of others.

 

Father,

Life brings suffering
And pain.

Christ himself knew anguish,
And was slain.

May I share his trials,
Learn, and grow,

Just as he did, Lord,
So long ago.

 

References

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

Being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground (Luke 22:44; NIV).

If we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering (Romans 8:17; NLT).

When your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow (James 1:3; NLT).

Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favour with God and all the people (Luke 2:52; NLT).

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Remember

 

Remember God’s presence
Within you;
Accept good and bad
From his store.

He shares every sorrow
He sends you,
So worship him, praise,
And adore.

Then, though you share
His Son’s passion,
His loneliness, anguish,
And pain,

You will also share
His resurrection,
His glory, his joy,
And his reign.

 

References

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

Should we accept only good from the hand of God, and never anything bad? (Job 2:10; NLT).

In all their suffering he also suffered (Isaiah 63:9; NLT).

As we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too (2 Corinthians 1:5; RSV).

Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying” (John 11:25; NLT).

If we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering (Romans 8:17; NLT).

If we endure hardship, we will reign with him (2 Timothy 2:12; NLT).

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How did you hold back?

 

Father,

How did you hold back
As Christ was whipped and mocked?
How did you contain your wrath
Towards the crowds who flocked?

How did you prepare to watch
Your Son’s last sacrifice?
How did you stay silent
When the soldiers threw their dice?

How did you endure it
When they nailed him to the cross?
How did you bear up, Lord,
As you shared his pain and loss?

How did you contain your grief
As he paid for our sin?
How did you forgive all those
Who scoffed, and taunted him?

How did you respond
When Jesus took his final breath?
You opened wide your arms, Lord,
And received his soul, in death.

 

References

He ordered Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip, then turned him over to the Roman Soldiers to be crucified (Mark 15:15; NLT).

The mob roared even louder, “Crucify him!” (Matthew 27:23; NLT).

The solderers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice (Matthew 27:35; NLT).

Then the soldiers nailed him to the cross (Mark 15:24; NLT).

In all their suffering he also suffered (Isaiah 63:9; NLT).

He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that made us whole, and with his stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5; RSV).

“He saved others,” they scoffed, “but he can’t save himself! (Matthew 27:42; NLT).

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

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

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You faced your cross

 

Lord,
You faced your cross
Forgiving others;
May I face my own
In the same way.

Lord,
You faced your pain 
With care for others;
May I face my own
In the same way.

Lord,
You faced your death 
With love for others;
May I face my own
In the same way.

 

References

When they came to the place called The Skull, they nailed him to the cross […] Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing” (Luke 23:33-4; NLT).

Jesus replied, “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43; NLT).

He said to this disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from then on this disciple took her into his home (John 19:27; NLT).

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Tests

Hello, everyone. I want to let you all know that I’m in hospital with breathing difficulties, just in case there is some disruption to my daily posts. I was admitted on Monday, and am currently waiting to have a scan and, hopefully, a diagnosis. Love to you all, from Ruth XXXXX

 

 

Lord,

Whether my tests are great or small,
May I help those who stumble.

Whether my pain is strong or weak,
May I help others through.

Whether my tears fall fast or slow,
May I help those who suffer.

Whether my life is long or short,
May I, like Christ, serve you.

 

References

The Lord tests the heart (Proverbs 17:3; NLT).

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

Mourn with those who mourn (Romans 12:15; NRSV).

Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me (Matthew 25:40; NIV).

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