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Christ in all

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

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Christ in sorrow
And in bliss,

Christ in darkness
And in light;

Christ in fasting
And in feast,

Christ in wretchedness
And might.

Christ in beauty
And in shame,

Christ in sickness
And in health;

Christ in pleasure
And in pain,

Christ in poverty,
And wealth.

Christ in laughter
And in tears,

Christ in living
And in death;

Christ in confidence
And fear,

Christ in all –
Till our last breath.

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Prayer

Our hearts

The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart (1 Samuel 16:7; NIV).

“For they have given a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she had to live on” (Luke 21:4; NLT).

We all come to the end of our lives as naked and empty-handed as on the day we were born (Ecclesiastes 5:15; NLT).

Lord,
You’re not dazzled
By designer-label clothes,
Or disgusted
By filthy rags.

You’re not impressed
By generous donations,
Or disappointed
By deep poverty.

For you look only at our hearts,
And to you we are all
Naked and empty-handed –
As on the day we were born.

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Distress

Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect me and comfort me (Psalm 23:4; NLT).

“Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” (Job 2:10; NIV).

Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble, or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? […] No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love
(Romans 8:35-8; NLT).


Father God,
Please help us all
When we struggle
With every kind of distress –

Hunger or thirst,
Poverty or homelessness,
Physical or mental suffering,
Loneliness or grief,
Prejudice or persecution,
Oppression or violence.

Most of all,
Please help us
When life is so hard
That we lose our faith in you,
Though nothing
Can ever separate us
From your love,

In Jesus’ name,

Amen.

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