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Each life conceived

 

You are each life conceived; 
Each messy birth;

You are the air we breathe;
All life on earth. 

You are the light we see;
The storms we brave;

You are each heartfelt plea;  
The peace we crave.

You are our comfort here;  
Our daily bread; 

You are the fire we fear;        
The judge we dread.

You are the way to live; 
The pain we face;

You are the love we give;
The source of grace.

You are the food we eat;
The cup we drink;

You are the truth we seek –
Our missing link.

 

References

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

God is light (1 John 1:5; NLT). 

The Lord is peace (Judges 6:24; NLT).

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6; NLT).

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

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

He comforts us in all our troubles (2 Corinthians 1:4, NLT).

Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life” (John 6:35; NLT).

The Lord your God is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24).

God will judge us (Ecclesiastes 12:14; NLT).

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

Let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will […] find grace to help us when we need it most (Hebrews 4:16; NLT). 

Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you cannot have eternal life within you (John 6:53; NLT).

The Spirit is truth (1 John 5:6; NKJV).

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Seek God

 

Seek God in your suffering,
Seek him in your pain;

Seek him in your anguish,
Seek him: he is near.

Seek God in your wilderness,
Seek him in your fear;

Seek him in your darkness –
You will find him: he is here.

 

References 

Keep on seeking, and you will find (Matthew 7:7; NLT). 

The Kingdom of Heaven is near (Matthew 4:17; NIV).

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

The kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:21; KJV).

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Pain

 

Lord, I’ve got a migraine, yet again…

Pain for the sake of pain
Can seem so pointless,

Yet illness may be borne
In different ways:

With anger, deep resentment,
Or self-pity;

With patience, peace, acceptance –
Even praise.

So, may I suffer willingly, 
As you did, 

For sickness 
Is a sacred invitation

To bear my cross
While pleading, Lord, for others,

And pray for them,
While sharing in their pain. 

 

References 

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

My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9; NLT).

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-3; NRSV).

If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine (Matthew 26:39; NLT).

Take up your cross daily, and follow me (Luke 9:23; NLT).

 

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Night fears

 

With every fearful breath, Lord God, 
I turn to you again, again,

Beseeching you to help me face
This cup of suffering and pain.

Then, Lord, you take me in your arms, 
And show me Christ, your Son, your Son,  

Till I share his acceptance, Lord, 
And pray, Your will be done. 

 

References

They went to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and Jesus said, “Sit here while I go and pray” (Mark 14:32; NLT).

He was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood (Luke 22:44; NLT).

Shall I not drink from the cup of suffering the Father has given me? (John 18:11; NLT).

The eternal God is your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you (Deuteronomy 33:27; NLT).

This grace […] has now been revealed through the appearing of our Saviour, Christ Jesus (2 Timothy 1:9-10; NIV).

Your will be done (Matthew 6:10; NLT).

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Drink this cup

I wrote this prayer today (5.9.18), at 7.30am, before a hospital visit:

Sit down, my child,
And drink this cup
Of suffering,
Which I have brought. 

Remember all 
That Jesus did,
And practice all
That Jesus taught.

And do not fear
What lies ahead –
The sickness, pain,
And suffering –

Just fix your heart
Upon the prize:
Eternal life,
With Christ, your King.

At 4pm the same day, I learned that I have two invasive cancers in my left breast, so will be having surgery soon. When it seems appropriate, I’ll include news of what’s happening with my daily blogs. If I miss a day or two, which I’ve never done before, you will know there’s a good reason.

References

Shall I not drink from the cup of suffering the Father has given me? (John 18:11; NLT).

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

Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? (Matthew 6:27; NLT).

Be strong, and do not fear (Isaiah 35:4; NLT).

I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong (2 Corinthians 12:10; KJV).

I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us (Philippians 3:14; NLT).

For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3; NLT).

Look, your King is coming to you. He is humble, riding on a donkey – riding on a donkey’s colt (Matthew 21:5; NLT). 

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When I must cope with fear

 

My Lord, my God, 
When I must cope with fear,  

Help me to face it willingly, 
Like you.

My Lord, my God, 
When I must suffer pain,

Help me to meet it steadfastly,
Like you.

My Lord, my God, 
When I must know despair,

Help me to bear it faithfully,
Like you. 

My Lord, my God,
When I must pass through death,

Help me to let go trustingly,
Like you. 

 

References

“My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed (John 20:28; NLT). 

He was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood (Luke 22:44; NLT).

If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine (Matthew 26:39; NLT).

He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word. He was led like a lamb to the slaughter. And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth (Isaiah 53:7; NLT).

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? (Mark 15:34; NLT).

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

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We cannot share your light

 

Lord,

We cannot share your light
Without your darkness.

We cannot share your peace
Without your pain. 

We cannot share your hope 
Without your sorrow.

We cannot share your way
Without your shame. 

We cannot share your truth 
Without your weeping.

We cannot share your faith
Without your loss. 

We cannot share your joy 
Without your anguish.

We cannot share your love 
Without your cross.

 

References 

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

At noon, darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock (Matthew 27:45; NLT).

Peace I leave you; my peace I give you (John 14:27; NIV).

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

His name will be the hope of all the world (Matthew 12:21; NLT).

He began to be sorrowful and troubled (Matthew 26:37; NLT).

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

He endured the cross, disregarding its shame (Hebrews 12:2; NLT).

Then Jesus wept (John 11:35; NLT).

Father, into your hands I commit my spirit (Luke 23:46; NIV).

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? (Mark 15:34; NLT).

Jesus was filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit (Luke 10:21; NLT).

He was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood (Luke 22:44; NLT).

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends (John 15:13; NIV).

Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me (Luke 9:23; NIV).

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