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She […] laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them (Luke 2:7; NLT).

As he was praying, the appearance of his face was transformed, and his clothes became dazzling white (Luke 9:29; NLT).

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

When they came to a place called The Skull, they nailed him to the cross(Luke 23:33; NLT).

The ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver. It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God (1 Peter 1:19; NLT).

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What could have been more gritty
Than your birth, Lord?

What could have been more treasured
Than your breath?

What could have been more costly
Than your life, Lord?

What could have been more brutal
Than your death?

What could have been more dazzling
Than your light, Lord?

What could have been more earnest
Than your love?

What could have been more bitter
Than your anguish?

What could have been more precious
Than your blood?

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So precious

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

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Father,
We’re so precious
In your eyes.

May you
Be just as precious
In our own.

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Closer to death

How frail is humanity! How short is life, how full of trouble! (Job 14:1; NLT).

Teach us to number our days carefully so that we may develop wisdom in our hearts (Psalm 90:12; CSB).

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).

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12.9; NLT).

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Lord,
We draw closer to death
Each precious day.

Help us to make
The best use
Of our time,

So we may grow
In love for you,
And all.

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Precious in your eyes

Why wasn’t I born dead? Why didn’t I die as I came from the womb? (Job 3:11; NLT).

I hate my life and don’t want to go on living (Job 7:16; NLT).

We know how much God loves us (1 John 4:16; NLT).

The Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost (Luke 19:10; NLT).

Their lives are precious to him (Psalm 72:14; NLT).

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Lord,

From birth, it was made clear
I was a burden,

Although I never asked
To be alive.

As an adult, mental illness
Made life hell,

But I was too afraid
For suicide.

Yet now I understand
How much you love me,

And that I’m not a burden,
But a prize;

For you sent your Son to earth
To save each one of us,

And all of us are precious
In your eyes.

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Freedom

For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom (2 Corinthians 3:17; NLT).

He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins (Ephesians 1:7; NLT).

He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone (1 Timothy 2:6; NLT).


Father,
Thank you for the freedom
To think for myself,
Read what I want,
Speak my mind,
Go where I wish,
Do what I think best,
And worship as I choose.

Please help all those
Throughout the world
Who don’t have
These precious freedoms.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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THE QUAKER MEETING

Hello to all readers. The context of this short reflection is that yesterday I attended my first Quaker Meeting for a long time, and found the friendly, tolerant silence a huge relief.


The Quaker Meeting

“For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them” (Matthew 18:20; NLT).

He said to Peter, “Couldn’t you watch with me even one hour?” Matthew 26:40; NLT).

Jesus replied, “The Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the LORD your God and serve only him’ ” (Luke 4:8; NLT).

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him (Psalm 37:7; NIV).

Be silent before the LORD, all humanity (Zechariah 2:13; NLT).


Lord,
Thank you
For this precious time
With Friends:
An hour to wait for you,
Watch with you,
And worship you –
In blesséd silence.

Amen.

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