exile, Faith, hope, love, God, oneness, Prayer

On loan

Father God,
You make me and sustain me;
Each atom of my flesh
Is yours, on loan. 

Thank you for my body,
Your Son’s birthplace, 
My shelter here on earth
Till I come home.

Prince of Peace, 
You heal me and forgive me;
May all my thoughts be worthy 
Of your trust.  

Thank you for my mind,
Your sacred lodging,
My fragile home 
Till I return to dust.

Counsellor, 
You strengthen me and help me; 
May every word I speak
Bring joy to you.

Thank you for my heart,
Your holy dwelling,
My refuge here on earth
Till life is through.

Threefold God, 
You crown me and redeem me;
May everything I do 
Express your care.

Thank you for my soul,
Your holy temple,
Where we unite forever, Lord,
In prayer. 

 

References

He will be called: Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6; NLT).

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

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I cling to you

Lord, 
I cling to you who made me, 
You who know me,
And sustain me. 

Lord, 
I cling to you who sees me,
You who hear me,
And forgive me.

Lord, 
I cling to you who loves me,
You who guide me,
And defend me. 

Lord,
I cling to you who saves me, 
You who heal me,
And redeem me.

 

References

He himself gives life and breath to everything (Acts 17:25; NLT).

You are the God who sees me (Genesis 16:13; NLT).

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

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

He loves us with unfailing love (Psalm 117:2; NLT). 

He redeems my soul in safety from the battle that I wage (Psalm 55:18; ESV).

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Dreams

Every night, I dream, Lord,
Of my failures;
Failure to be liked,
And to fit in.

Two failed degrees.
No genuine career, Lord;
Failure to be beautiful,
And slim.

Failure as a daughter,
Wife, and mother;
Failure as a grandmother,
And friend.

Failed health, Lord God,
Both physical and mental;
Failure as a person, 
In the end. 

Failure after failure  
In my faith, Lord;
Failure in my thoughts,
And words, and deeds,

So, here I am, now,
Bowing low before you,
With little to give back,
And many needs.

For I amount to nothing;
I have failed you; 
But you, Lord, are the High Priest
Who redeems;

Please fold me in your arms
For evermore, Lord,   
Then I will sleep, protected from 
My dreams.

 

References

Exalt the Lord our God! Bow low before his feet, for he is holy! (Psalm 99:5; NLT).

I am poor and needy, and my heart is full of pain (Psalm 109:22; NLT).

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

O Lord, you are our Father (Isaiah 64:8; NLT).

So Christ has now become the High Priest […] With his own blood – not the blood of goats and calves – he entered the Most Holy Place once for all time and secured our redemption forever (Hebrews 9:11-12; NLT).

He took the children in his arms (Mark 10:16; NLT).

In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe (Ezekiel 34:25; NLT).

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Convalescent

Convalescent

Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits – who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion (Psalm 103: 2-4; NIV).


Lord,
I’m sixty-two,
And convalescent
At last!

All my life
You’ve been helping me
To overcome my childhood.

All my life
You’ve been healing me
Step by step.

Thank you
For redeeming my life
From the pit.

Thank you
For crowning me
With your love and compassion.

Lord,
I’m making progress –
I’m sixty-two,
And convalescent
At last!

In Jesus’ precious name,
Amen.

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Thanks

Thanks

…he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep (Psalm 121:5; NIV).

But those who suffer he delivers in their suffering; he speaks to them in their affliction (Job 36:15; NIV).

Praise the LORD, my soul; all my inmost being praise his holy name. Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits – who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion (Psalm 103:2-4; NIV).

…be transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12.2; NIV).

All my springs are in you (Psalm 87:7; NRSV).

God has delivered me from going down to the pit, and I shall live to enjoy the light of life (Job 33:28; NIV).

I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living (Psalm 27:13; NIV).

 

Father,
You watch over me constantly,
And speak to me through affliction.

You forgive my sins,
Heal my diseases,
And redeem my life from the pit.

You crown me with love
And compassion.

You transform me
By the renewing of my mind.

You are the fountain of life,
And all my springs
Are in you.

Thank you for showing me
Your goodness,
So I can enjoy the light of life.

In Jesus’ holy name,
Amen.

 

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Thanks

Thanks

With your help I can advance against a troop, with my God I can scale a wall (2 Samuel 22:30).

…those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint (Isaiah 40:31; NIV).

The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread the heights (Habakkuk 3:19; NIV).

…be transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12.2; NIV).

All my springs are in you (Psalm 87:7; NRSV).

God has delivered me from going down to the pit (Job 33:28; NIV).

Father,
You renew my strength,
And make my feet
Like the feet of a deer,
So I can tread the heights.

With you
I can stand against a troop,
Scale a wall,
Walk and run –
Even fly like an eagle.

You redeem my life from the pit,
Restore my strength,
And transform me
By the renewing of my mind.

Lord,
Thank you for your infinite goodness:
All my springs are in you.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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