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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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I heard the voice of God

I heard the voice of God announce:
Tell the people they are blind
If they do not see my body 
In the earth, and in mankind. 

I heard the voice of God declare:
Tell the people they are deaf
If they do not hear my anguish
In the cries of the bereft.

I heard the voice of God proclaim:
Tell the people they are lame
If they do not walk with me,
Nor venerate my holy name.

I heard the voice of God insist:
Tell the people they are dumb
If they do not spread the Gospel
Brought from heaven by my Son.  

I heard the voice of God exclaim:
Tell them all they live in vain
If they do not know my presence
In their own, and other’s, pain. 

 

Reference

Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then shall the lame man leap like a hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing for joy (Isaiah 35:5-6; RSV).

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Your breath is my soul

You formed me, Father,
Then I came to birth.

The cord was cut –
Survival was my goal.

You breathed the breath of life
Into my body,

And thus your Spirit, Lord,
Became my soul.

May I always know
Your Spirit’s presence;

May I pray in him
Till my last breath.

Then my bones will go back 
To the dust, Lord, 

But my soul will merge with you
Beyond my death. 

References

The Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul (Genesis 2:7; WEB).

The Spirit of God lives in you (1 Corinthians 3:16; NLT).

Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion (Ephesians 6:18; 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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When I’m slow

 

Lord, 

When I’m slow 
To recognise 
Your presence,
Please help me 
To seek out your face 
Each day.

When I’m slow 
To recognise 
Your kindness,
Please help me 
To express my thanks 
Each day.

When I’m slow 
To recognise
Your glory,
Please help me 
To heap praise on you 
Each day.

And when I’m slow 
To recognise
Your mercy,
Please help me 
To rejoice in you
Each day.

 

References

Suddenly, their eyes were opened, and they recognised him (Luke 24:31; NLT).

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

Give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18; RSV).

Praise the Lord (Psalm 150:1; NIV).

Rejoice in the Lord (Psalm 33:1; RSV).

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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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Hot sweats and chills

Today’s prayer is intended for use by those suffering from hot sweats, which often alternate with periods of extreme coldness. This constant temperature cycle is a very unpleasant, wearisome and disruptive symptom of the menopause, some cancer treatments, and a number of major illnesses. The idea is to turn each sweat and chill into a cue for prayer, initially for the self, but perhaps, eventually, for others too. 

 

Lord,

Burn all there is in me
Of pride, superiority, 
Self-pity, lying, anger, fear,
And let me feel your presence here.

Then I will grow more like your Son,
Whose prayer was: May your will be done;
And, when all my trials are past,
I will see your face, at last. 

 

Lord,

When I feel cold and ill, 
Let me feel your presence still.
Wrap me in your perfect love, 
For this will warm my flesh and blood.

Then, may my constant prayer become: 
Father God, your will be done;
And, when all my trials are past,
I will see your face, at last.

 

References

God is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; NIV).

You are close beside me (Psalm 23:4; NLT).

May your will be done (Matthew 6:10; NLT).

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

They will see his face (Revelation 22:4; NLT).

She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth (Luke 2:7; NLT).

Pray constantly (1 Thessalonians 5:17; CSB).

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I’m in your presence

 

Lord,

I’m in your presence
Day and night,

Living in your darkness,
And your light.

I’m dwelling in your love,
And you in mine,

So, Lord, we are one, 
Beyond all time. 

 

References

You are the temple of the living God (2 Corinthians 6:16; NLT).

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

You have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you (1 John 2:27; NLT).

In him we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28; NIV).

Clouds and thick darkness surround him (Psalm 97:2; NIV).

God is light (1 John 1:5; NLT). 

God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them (1 John 4:16; NLT).

I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one – as you are in me, Father, and I am in you (John 17:21; NLT). 

For you, a thousand years are as a passing day, as brief as a few night hours (Psalm 90:4; 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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