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Reconciliation and healing

 

Two significant events are fast approaching in my life. Firstly, I’m hoping to be received into the Catholic Church, and to make my first communion. Secondly, I’ll be having a mastectomy for breast cancer in about a month. 

As I prepare for both these occasions, I’ve realised that I have only a limited amount of time to resolve various relationship issues that have been weighing on me for several years. I’ll face the surgery far more confidently if I have the peace of mind that comes from knowing I’ve done my best to put things right with those who hold anything against me, in accordance with Jesus’ teaching. Similarly, forgiving those who have hurt me has become an even more urgent task than usual.

So I’ve started contacting people who might be holding a grudge against me. Yesterday, to my delight, someone I thought wasn’t speaking to me responded generously, which was a huge relief. I’ve also written to a religious group I left after getting badly hurt, to see if anyone there still harbours negative feelings towards me. If anyone contacts me in return, I will do whatever I can to repair our relationship. All these issues are reflected in today’s prayer:

 

Lord, 

You’re bringing healing 
From these tumours
As I prepare
To face my surgery

By telling those I’ve hurt
That I am sorry,
And forgiving everyone 
Who has hurt me.

In this way, I will face
My operation
With peace of body, mind,
And even soul,

And this will be
My miracle of healing, 
As you, Lord, touch my heart, 
And make me whole.

 

References

We know that all things work together for good for those who love God (Romans 8:28; NRSV).

If you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift (Matthew 5:23-4; NIV).

Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us (Luke 11:4; NLT).

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7; NIV). 

He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound (Isaiah 61:1; NKJV).

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I’m proud to be a Christian

 

I’m proud to be a Christian, Lord;
I freely love your Son. 

I’ll gladly follow him each day,
And serve till life is done.

And though I’m nothing, Father,
And my race is almost run,  

My heart is full of joy and peace,
For we, and all, are One.

 

References

I will boast only in the Lord (Psalm 20:7; NLT).

Follow me (Luke 9:23; NLT).

You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him (Luke 4:8; NLT).

I am nothing but dust and ashes (Genesis 18:27; NIV).

You will live in joy and peace (Isaiah 55:12; NLT).

The Lord our God, the Lord is one (Deuteronomy 6:4; NIV).

The Father and I are one (John 10:30;NLT).

You are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28; NLT).

We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other (Romans 12:5; NLT).

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Christ hears

 

Christ hears the prayers 
Of our troubled minds, 
As he pleads in Gethsemane.

Christ hears the prayers 
Of our stricken hearts,
As he hangs on Golgotha’s tree.

Christ hears the prayers 
Of our wretched souls,
As he yearns for death’s release.

Christ hears the prayers 
Of our failing strength,
As he finds, at last, God’s peace.

 

References 

You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind (Luke 10:27; NLT).

He hears us (1 John 5:14; NIV).

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).

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).

They brought Jesus to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of the Skull) (Mark 15:22; NLT).

Then the soldiers nailed him to the cross (Mark 15:24; 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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Light is breaking

 

Light is breaking
Into this dark world –

The light that comes
From following God’s Son.

Joy is breaking 
Into this sad world –

The joy that comes
From following God’s Son.

Peace is breaking
Into this harsh world –

The peace that comes
From following God’s Son.

Love is breaking 
Into this cold world.

The love that comes
From following God’s Son.

 

Reference

The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined (Isaiah 9:2; KJV).

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Your great gift

 

Even the faith which saves us all
Is your great gift
To us.

Even the grace of forgiveness, Lord,
Is your great gift
To us.

Even your Holy Spirit, Lord,
Is your great gift 
To us.

Even your peace of heart and mind 
Is your great gift
To us.

Even what righteousness we have
Is your great gift
To us.

And even the hope of eternal life 
Is your great gift
To us. 

 

References

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God (Ephesians 2:8; NLT).

Even greater is God’s […] gift of forgiveness (Romans 4:16; NLT).

You will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38; NLT).

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

Even greater is God’s […] gift of righteousness (Romans 5:17; NLT).

The free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23;  NLT).

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Christ alone

 

God sends us all a light
Which this world cannot see –

The light that comes to us 
Through Christ alone.

God shows us all a truth   
Which this world cannot grasp –

The truth that comes to us
Through Christ alone.

God grants us all a joy
Which this world cannot know –

The joy that comes to us
Through Christ alone.

God gives us all a peace
Which this world cannot bring –

The peace that comes to us
Through Christ alone.

 

References

Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12; NLT).

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me” (John 14:6; NLT).

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

Jesus replied, […] “I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give you is a gift the world cannot give (John 14:23;27; NLT).

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You’re not difficult to love

 

Lord, 
You’re not difficult to love,
For you are full of mercy
And compassion.

Lord,
You’re not difficult to love,
For you are our forgiveness
And salvation.

Lord, 
You’re not difficult to love, 
For you bring peace
And reconciliation.

Lord,
You’re not difficult to love,
For you are our wellspring,
And our destination. 

 

References

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind (Luke 10:27; NLT).

You, O Lord, are a God of compassion and mercy (Psalm 86:15; NLT).

He forgives all my sins (Psalm 103:3; NLT).

With joy you will drink deeply from the fountain of salvation (Isaiah 12:3; NLT).

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

He gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:19; NL:T).

The wellspring of life is with you (Psalm 36:9; CSB).

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