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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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Peace, be still

He himself gives life and breath to everything, and he satisfies every need (Acts 17:25; NLT).

Their hearts are troubled like a wild sea in a raging storm (Jeremiah 49:23; NLT).

You are a refuge from the storm (Isaiah 25:4; NLT).

He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea be hushed (Psalm 107:29; ESV).

Peace, be still (Mark 4:39; KJV).

 

Your words
Are my food
And drink,

My medicine,
And my refuge
From life’s storms.

May they heal me
A thousand times
Each day, Lord –

Peace,
Be still.

 

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You made me

I am yours (Psalm 119:94; NLT).

Lord, you are mine! (Psalm 119:57; NLT).

But you, O LORD, are a shield around me; you are my glory, the one who holds my head up high (Psalm 3:3; NLT).

You are my God, and I will praise you (Psalm 118:28; NLT).

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


Lord,
You made me,
And created me.

I am yours,
And you are mine.

You love me with unfailing love,
And I love you.

You are my refuge and my strength.
You hold my head up high.

You are my God,
And I will praise you.

You are my God,
And I will worship you.

Through Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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A hermit’s prayer

A hermit’s prayer

“You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.” And, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself’ (Luke 10:27; NLT).

Anna, a prophet, was also there in the Temple. She was the daughter of Phanuel from the tribe of Asher, and she was very old. Her husband died when they had been married only seven years. Then she lived as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the Temple but stayed there day and night, worshipping God with fasting and prayer (Luke 2:36-7; NLT).


Lord,
May my mind be a refuge,
Where I can dedicate my life
To praising you;

May my heart be a haven,
Where I can dedicate my life
To loving you;

And may my soul be a hermitage,
Where I can dedicate my life
To serving you.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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Contemplation

Contemplation

Our lives are in his hands
(Psalm 66:9; NLT).

The eternal God is your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you
(Deuteronomy 33:27; NLT).

Then Jesus shouted, “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!” And with those words he breathed his last
(Luke 23:46; NLT).


Father,
In contemplation,
I’m aware
Of your guiding hand
On my life,
And your everlasting arms
Beneath me.

Thank you so much
For all your love
And support,
No matter what befalls me –
In both life,
And death.

Through Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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