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The shedding of blood

 

Hello to all readers. I thought you might be interested in some catch-up news, as quite a lot has been happening recently. Yesterday I made my first confession, and today was received into the Catholic Church, making my first Holy Communion.

After a recent diagnosis of breast-cancer, I’ll be having a mastectomy tomorrow. I hope to publish my blog as usual, but if I’m not well enough, there could be a gap.

Much love to you all, and thank you so much for your encouragement, praise and messages, all of which mean a lot to me.

With all best wishes from Ruth XXXXXXX

 

Without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness (Hebrews 9:22; NLT).

 

Long, long ago,
Before you paid our price, 
We drained the blood 
Of perfect lambs,
In holy sacrifice.

Then you were sent 
To save us from God’s wrath.
What did we do? 
We flogged you, Lord,
And hung you on the cross.

We nailed you there,
And slowly drained your blood.
Yet as you died 
You bore our sins, 
And saved us with your love.

 

References

I have paid the price to set you free (Isaiah 44:22; NLT).

You must sacrifice a one-year-old male lamb with no defects (Leviticus 23:12; NLT).

God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16; NLT).

He ordered Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip (Mark 15:15; NLT).

“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness (1 Peter 2:24; NIV).

Since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation (Romans 5:9; NLT).

We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us (1 John 3:16; NLT).

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Empty me

 

Empty me, Father,
And fill me with Christ,

So I will be ready
For each sacrifice.

Empty me, Father,
And fill me with prayer,

So I will be ready  
To give, and to care.

Empty me, Father,
And fill me with love,

So I will be ready 
For heaven above.

Empty me, Father,
And fill me with grace, 

So I will be ready
To gaze on your face.

 

References 

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

God is love (1 John 4:16; NIV).

My grace is all you need (2 Corinthians 12:9; NLT).

The Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words (Romans 8:26; RSV).

Now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face (1 Corinthians 13:12; NRSV).

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Trials and sorrows

Life brings us, Lord, 
So many trials and sorrows,

Which invite us 
To grow more and more
Like Christ. 

Please help us face  
And learn from them,  
As he did,

Who, out of love,
Became our sacrifice. 

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References 

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

We will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ (Ephesians 4:15; NLT).

If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine (Matthew 26:39; NLT).

This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins (1 John 4:10; NIV).

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Our pearl

Lord,
You are our pearl 
Beyond all price;

Our Shepherd King,  
Our way,
Our sacrifice;

Our gold, our goal,
Our Saviour,
And our spur;

Our fragrant oil, 
Our frankincense,
Our myrrh.

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References

The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking out for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it! (Matthew 13:45-6; NIV).

The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need (Psalm 23:1; NLT).

I am the way (John 14:6; NLT).

God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin (Romans 3:25; NLT).

Let love be your highest goal (1 Corinthians 14:1; NLT).

He has sent us a mighty Saviour! (Luke 1:69; NLT).

A woman came to Him having an alabaster flask of very costly fragrant oil, and she poured it on His head as He sat at the table (Matthew 26:7; NKJV).

Then they opened their treasure and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh (Matthew 2:11; NIV). 

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A taste of paradise

At times you give me joy, Lord –
A taste of paradise.

At times you give me suffering –
A taste of sacrifice.

But, good or bad, I thank you,
However life may go,

For when my faith is tested
I have a chance to grow.

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God gives […] joy to those who please him (Ecclesiastes 2:26; NLT).

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

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

Fortitude means fixity of purpose, endurance, having the strength to live with what constrains you (Luke 1:38; NKJV).

 When your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow (James 1:3; NLT).

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Moments of ecstasy

Moments of ecstasy;
Tempted; alone.

Facing your destiny:
God’s cornerstone.

Embracing a future
Revealed by a dove:

Infinite sacrifice;
Infinite love.

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He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun (Matthew 17:2; NIV).

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted (Matthew 4:1; NLT).

“Listen,” he said, “we’re going up to Jerusalem, where the Son of Man will be betrayed to the leading priests and the teachers of religious law. They will sentence him to die” (Matthew 20:18; NLT). 

The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone (Psalm 118:22; NLT).

After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my dearly loved Son” (Matthew 3:16; NLT).

This is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many (Matthew 26:28; NLT).

There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends (John 15:13; NLT).

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So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us (Ephesians 1:6; NLT).

And he said to them, “This is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice for many (Mark 14:24; NLT).

The Jewish believers who came with Peter were amazed that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles too (Acts 10:45; NLT).


Father God,
You make us,
And sustain our lives.

You pour yourself out
For us each day –
So how can we fail
To thank you?

Son of Man,
You came to live
And die for us.

You pour yourself out
For us each day –
So how can we fail
To follow you?

Holy Spirit,
You fill our hearts
And comfort us.

You pour yourself out
For us each day –
So how can we fail
To love you?


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