Personal growth, faith, prayer, contemplation, love, oneness,, Prayer

No hope

If you are walking in darkness, without a ray of light, trust in the Lord (Isaiah 50:10; NLT).

God is with us (Isaiah 7:14; NLT).

The kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:21; NKJV).

You are the temple of the living God (Luke 17:21; NKJV). 



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There is no sea, my Lord,
But you are here.

There is no sky, my Lord,
But you are here.

There is no light, my Lord,
But you are here.

There is no warmth, my Lord,
But you are here.

There is no love, my Lord,
But you are here.

There is no hope, my Lord,
But you are here.

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Jesus replied, “ ‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind’ ” (Matthew 22:37; NLT).

But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit
(1 Corinthians 6:17; NIV).


Lord,
In prayer,
May my mind
Unite with yours,
Like rain
Falling into a stream.

Lord,
In worship,
May my heart
Unite with yours,
Like a stream
Flowing into a river.

Lord,
In contemplation,
May my soul
Unite with yours,
Like a river
Pouring into the sea.

Through Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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Surfing

Surfing

Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me (Psalm 42:7; NIV).

The mighty waters engulfed me; I was buried beneath your wild and stormy waves (Jonah 2:3; NLT).

But mightier than the violent raging of the seas, mightier than the breakers on the shore – the LORD above is mightier than these (Psalm 93:4; NLT).

Kings will stand speechless in his presence (Isaiah 52:15; NLT).


Lord,
In contemplation,
I surf my breathing.

Again and again,
I try to catch a wave
And ride it towards you;
But a sea of problems
Swamps me,
Dragging me down
Into the depths.

Yet,
From time to time,
The surge lifts me up,
Sweeping me effortlessly
Into your presence,
And dropping me at your feet,
Where I am lost for words.

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Alive

Alive

Depression haunts my days (Job 30:16; NLT).

“Is it your wisdom that makes the hawk soar and spread its wings toward the south?” (Job 39:26; NLT).

The wind blows and we are gone – as though we had never been here
(Psalm 103:16; NLT).

“The LORD brings death and makes alive” (1 Samuel 2:6; NIV).


Father,
Today, I felt alive!

I was having a great bike ride,
And then I crashed,
And a kind woman
Stopped to help me;

And I saw a sparrow-hawk,
Sitting on a step
Not ten feet away,
And we gazed at each other
For a long moment,
Until it spread its wings
And flew away;

And a friend put my chain back on,
And bandaged my knee,
And got me some water,
And gave me a hug;

And I cycled home
Against the untethered wind,
Soaring through wide blue skies
And streaming clouds
Towards your infinite, shining sea –

And for the first time ever,
I knew I was truly alive.

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Love

Hello, readers. Yesterday we had the biggest storm I’ve ever known. Huge waves crashed over the
sea-wall right outside our house. A small amount of water came indoors, despite our defences (bags of compost and an old dressing-gown). The electricity went off, then there was a terrible smell of gas, so I had to dial 999 for the emergency services. Just before all that happened, during my quiet time, I wrote this prayer, which could hardly offer a greater contrast to the tumultuous conditions outside: 

Love

*  And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them (1 John 4:16; NIV).

Father,
You draw me into your realm
Of peace,
Light,
Infinite space,
Timelessness,
And unity –
A realm entirely suffused 
With your love.

 

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