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Yours and mine

The Father’s peace 
Is yours and mine,
And theirs, and ours –
Though all else fails.

The Father’s truth 
Is yours and mine,
And theirs, and ours –
For he prevails.

The Father’s light
Is yours and mine, 
And theirs, and ours –
It cannot cease.

The Father’s love
Is yours and mine,
And theirs, and ours –
May it increase!

 

References

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

The peace of God, that passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7; RSV).

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

In your majesty, ride out to victory, defending truth (Psalm 45:4; NLT).

God is light (1 John 1:5; NLT). 

The light shines in the darkness and the darkness can never extinguish it (John 1:5; NLT). 

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

May the Lord make your love increase (1 Thessalonians 3:12; NIV).

 

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Contemplation

Come, sit with me,
And seek my voice,

Then you will know me,
And rejoice.

Come, rest with me,
And seek my face,

Then you will share
My peace and grace.

 

References

Come to me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28; NLT).

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

Your own ears will hear him. (Isaiah 30:21; NLT).

The godly will rejoice in the Lord and find shelter in him (Psalm 64:10; NLT).

Seek his face always (1 Chronicles 16:11; NIV).

May God give you more and more grace and peace (2 Peter 1:2; NLT).

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In your light

Hello, everyone. I woke at 5am today, and, to my great joy and relief, received the inspiration to start writing again. Thank you so much to those who sent messages of comfort, support and encouragement. So, here is today’s newly-minted prayer:

 

I hold my friends, Lord,
In your light,
Which streams into the world
Both day and night. 

I hold my neighbours
In your peace,
Which streams into the world, Lord,
Without cease.

I hold my foes, Lord, 
In your truth,
Which streams into the world
To end abuse. 

I hold all people
In your blood,
Which streams into the world
To bring us love.

 

References

I am writing to remind you, dear friends, that we should love one another (2 John 1:5; NLT).

God is light (1 John 1:5; NLT). 

See, see, where Christ’s blood streams in the firmament! (Dr. Faustus by Christopher Marlowe, Act 5; Scene 2).

If you love your neighbour, you will fulfil the requirements of God’s law (Romans 13:8; NLT).

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

Love your enemies! (Luke 6:35; NLT).

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

Supplement your […] brotherly affection with love for everyone (2 Peter 1:7; NLT).

He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross (Colossians 1:20; NLT).

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

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Silence

When we’re afraid 
To face ourselves in silence,  
May we hear the whisper 
Of your voice. 

When we’re afraid 
To face ourselves in private,
May we know your presence,
And rejoice. 

When we’re afraid 
To face ourselves in stillness,
May we find your peace of mind
And love.

When we’re afraid 
To face ourselves in darkness,
May we sense the advent
Of your dove.

 

References

After the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper (1 Kings 19:12; NLT). 

I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence! If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave you are there (Psalm 139:7-8; NLT).

I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart (John 14:27; NLT). 

The Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light,”  and there was light (Genesis 1:2-3; NLT).

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Letting go and speaking out

If someone slaps you on the right cheek, offer the other cheek also (Matthew 5:39; NLT).

If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them, and if they repent, forgive them (Luke 17:3; NIV).

 

I have always been puzzled by these two apparently contradictory teachings of Jesus. The first suggests we should silently respond to being hurt with acceptance and forgiveness. It includes no suggestion that further action is needed in order to restore the relationship.  

The second saying, on the other hand, indicates that we should respond to being hurt by approaching the person concerned, speaking out about how we have been affected, and expecting an apology in order to be reconciled.

For many years, I have wondered how to distinguish between the concerns I can let go, as in the first quotation, and those I need to address with the person concerned, as in the second. Today’s blog summarises what I have learned.

When I have an issue with someone, but believe it’s mainly about me, not them, I begin by dealing with it internally, through prayer. For example, if someone has hurt me, I say nothing, and work to forgive them. Then I try to let the matter go.

However, if the issue continues to nag at my mind, stirring up negative emotions, this tells me I need to address it directly with the person concerned. 

Constant awareness of my feelings enables me to decide how, and when, to address each issue, rather than allowing matters to fester at the back of my mind. Starting the resolution process by contacting the other person and explaining the issue straightforwardly, is, in itself, a great relief. Once such action becomes necessary, there is no substitute for speaking the truth in love, using whatever means of communication seems most appropriate. 

Whatever the final outcome, being able to raise difficult matters directly is a very significant part of our life-long process of inner healing and emotional maturation. So, when letting go doesn’t work, the way forward is to speak the truth in love. This is how I work to restore my peace of mind, and build a genuine connection with those who hurt me. 

 

References 

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

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

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Your way

When there’s something 
Nagging at my mind, Lord,
May I stop to think 
What I might do,

Being clear and honest
With myself, Lord,
And sharing every part of it 
With you. 

Once we’ve talked it over
May I act, Lord, 
Sorting out my problem
In your way,  

Then, I’ll share your joy
And peace of mind, Lord,
By growing more and more like you 
Each day.

 

References 

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything (Philippians 4:6; NLT).

Do what is right and good in the Lord’s sight (Deuteronomy 6:18; NLT).

Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did (1 John 2:6; NLT).

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

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

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

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You are God’s light

You are God’s light,
His lamp for our feet.

You are God’s truth,
His Word in our minds. 

You are God’s fire,
His flame in our hearts.

You are God’s peace,
His rest for our souls.

You are God’s Son,
His image, his call.

You are God’s love,
His care for us all.

 

References 

Light
I am the light of the world (John 8:12; NLT).
God is light (1 John 1:5; NIV).
Your word is a lamp to guide my feet (Psalm 119:105; NLT).

Truth
I am the way the truth and the life (John 14:6; NIV).
The Spirit is truth (1 John 5:6; NKJV).
The Word became human and made his home among us (John 1:14; NLT).

Fire
He will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and with fire (Matthew 3:11; NLT).
The Lord your God is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; NIV). 
Didn’t our hearts burn within us as he talked with us on the road? (Luke 24:32; NLT).

Peace 
Peace I leave you; my peace I give you (John 14:27; NIV).
The Lord is peace (Judges 6:24; NLT).
I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28; NIV).

Christ
This is my Son, my Chosen One (Luke 9:35; NLT).
Christ is the visible image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15; NLT).
I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners and need to repent (Luke 5:32; NLT).

Love
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen (Revelation 1:5-6; RSV).
God is love (1 John 4:16; NLT). 
He cares about you (1 Peter 5:7; NLT).

 

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