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After death

 

Lord, 

If I know nothing
After death,

My life will still have been 
Worth all the pain,

For though my flesh
Will go back to the earth,

My soul will lose itself 
In you, again.

References

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

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

I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1:5; NLT). 

If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it (Matthew 10:39; NLT).

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

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Be open

 

Be open
To the presence
Of our God –

The One who makes
The earth, and sea, 
And sky;

The One who shares 
Our lives of pain 
And pleasure;

The One who gave us 
His dear Son –
To die.  

 

References

Surely the Lord is in this place, and I wasn’t even aware of it! (Genesis 28:16; NLT).

There is only one God, the Father, who created everything, and we live for him (1 Corinthians 8:6; NLT).

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

Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn (Romans 12:15).

God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16; RSV).

This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased (Matthew 17:5; NIV).

The Son of Man must die, as the Scriptures declared long ago (Mark 14:21; NLT).

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May I share

 

Jesus,
May I share your birth;

Jesus,
May I share your breath.

Jesus,
May I share your pain; 

Jesus, 
May I share your death.

Jesus,
May I share your flesh;

Jesus,
May I share your blood.

Jesus,
May I share your faith;

Jesus,
May I share your love.

 

References

Unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God (John 3:3; NLT).

Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit” John 20:22; NLT).

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

Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies (2 Corinthians 4:10; NLT).

Anyone who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life (John 6:54; NLT).

If you have faith and don’t doubt, you can do things like this and much more (Matthew 21:21; NLT).

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

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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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