Prayer, suffering, life, courage, help, bear, illness, mental, physical,

When I tell you

Forgive us our sins as we have forgiven those who sin against us (Matthew 6:12; NLT).

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Lord,
When I tell you
I’ve forgiven
Those who hurt me,
We both know
It’s no more
Than wishful thinking.

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God is all

In seething, blood-red darkness,
At the heart of silent prayer,
No sense of self remains,
And God is all.

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The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters (Genesis 1:2; KJV).

I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End (Revelation 22:13; NLT).

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May I slowly let go

The dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; NIV).

Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit (Luke 23:46; KJV).

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).

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Lord,
May I slowly let go of
My self,
Becoming aware
Of our oneness
In deep silence.

Lord,
May I slowly relinquish
My self,
Remaining aware
Of our oneness
Day and night.

Lord,
May I slowly surrender
My self,
Fully aware
Of our oneness
In life, and in death.

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Beneath my outward self

Today’s prayer follows directly on from yesterday’s:

In his shadow have I rapture (Song of Songs 2:3; DYB).

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

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

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Lord,
Beneath my outward self:
My shadow.

Lord,
Beneath my shadow self:
Your peace.

Lord,
Beneath that peace:
Your wordless rapture.

Lord,
Beneath that wordless rapture:
You.

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Is there another self?

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

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

The Spirit is truth (1 John 5:6; NKJV).

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Lord,

Is there another self
Beneath my shadow?

Are there still deeper selves
Beneath that, too?

As I explore my inner world
In silence,

Will I find me,
Or will I, in truth, find you?

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Self

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

There is […] one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all (Ephesians 4:5-6; NLT).

Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them (1 John 4:16; NIV).

Whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17).

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I know my ideal self
Does not exist, Lord,

While my outward self
Is merely a defence.

So perhaps my shadow self
Is all I am, Lord?

No wonder that
I often use pretence!

Yet, in truth, I have
No separate self at all, Lord,

Though self is an illusion
I hold fast.

But now’s the time
To let it go forever, Lord,

For I see I’m simply
Part of you – at last!

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