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Drink this cup

I wrote this prayer today (5.9.18), at 7.30am, before a hospital visit:

Sit down, my child,
And drink this cup
Of suffering,
Which I have brought. 

Remember all 
That Jesus did,
And practice all
That Jesus taught.

And do not fear
What lies ahead –
The sickness, pain,
And suffering –

Just fix your heart
Upon the prize:
Eternal life,
With Christ, your King.

At 4pm the same day, I learned that I have two invasive cancers in my left breast, so will be having surgery soon. When it seems appropriate, I’ll include news of what’s happening with my daily blogs. If I miss a day or two, which I’ve never done before, you will know there’s a good reason.

References

Shall I not drink from the cup of suffering the Father has given me? (John 18:11; NLT).

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

Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? (Matthew 6:27; NLT).

Be strong, and do not fear (Isaiah 35:4; NLT).

I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong (2 Corinthians 12:10; KJV).

I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us (Philippians 3:14; NLT).

For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3; NLT).

Look, your King is coming to you. He is humble, riding on a donkey – riding on a donkey’s colt (Matthew 21:5; NLT). 

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What is this cross?

 

Then [Jesus] said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me” (Luke 9:23; NLT).

 

What is this cross
Of which you speak, Lord Jesus?

What is this burden
I must bear through life?

It’s everything you suffer 
For my sake, child;

It’s every kind of sickness, grief,
And strife.

What makes this cross
So critical, Lord Jesus?

What makes this burden count
Right up to death?

It’s facing all your suffering
With faith, child,

Whilst showing love to all
Till your last breath.

 

References

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

I was given a thorn in my flesh […] Three times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:7-9; NLT).

In everything we do, we show that we are true ministers of God. We patiently endure troubles and hardships and calamities of every kind (2 Corinthians 6:4; NLT).

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12.9; NLT).

You have heard the law that say, ‘Love your neighbour’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! (Matthew 5:43-4; NLT).

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34; NIV).

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I go with you

Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer (Luke 5:16; NLT).

Be silent before the Sovereign Lord (Zephaniah 1:7; NIV).

He has known your walking through this great wilderness: these forty years the Lord your God has been with you (Deuteronomy 2:7; HNV).

In all their suffering he also suffered (Isaiah 63:9; NLT).

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Lord,

I go with you
Into my wasteland, 

To walk among the ruins 
Of my years –

Abuse, fear, loss,
Depression, mental illness;

Sickness, failure,
Sinfulness, and tears.

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Life

Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity (Hebrews 6:1; NIV).

A wise person thinks a lot about death (Ecclesiastes 7:4; NLT).

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Lord,
Bless us all,
Throughout our lives:

Our struggles
To grow up,

To overcome
Our brokenness,

And search
Our inner depth.

Lord,
Bless us all,
Throughout our lives:

Our sickness
And decline,

The struggle to accept
Our fate,

Our letting go,
And death.

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You dwell in me

Lord,
You dwell in me,
And I in you –

In depression,
In anxiety,
And fear;

In anger,
And in hurt, Lord,
And distress;

In sickness,
And in weariness,
And pain;

In joy, Lord,
And in ecstasy,
And bliss;

In life, Lord,
And in death,
For evermore –

Lord,
You dwell in me,
And I in you.

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

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

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; NIV).

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Christ in all

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

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Christ in sorrow
And in bliss,

Christ in darkness
And in light;

Christ in fasting
And in feast,

Christ in wretchedness
And might.

Christ in beauty
And in shame,

Christ in sickness
And in health;

Christ in pleasure
And in pain,

Christ in poverty,
And wealth.

Christ in laughter
And in tears,

Christ in living
And in death;

Christ in confidence
And fear,

Christ in all –
Till our last breath.

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Why do we kick?

Lord,

Why do we kick so hard
Against our suffering,
For life is full of sorrow
And distress?

Why do we find it hard
To face the fact
That we must all know sickness,
Loss, and death?

In theory, our upbringing
And experience
Should equip us to accept
What we must bear;

But for many of us
This is not what happens,
So we wallow in self-pity
And despair.

Please help us to give up
Our fond illusion
That bad things shouldn’t happen here
At all.

Then, may we turn to you
For strength and courage,
For you are great, Lord God,
Though we are small.

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

How frail is humanity! How short is life, how full of trouble! (Job 14:1; NLT).

Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid” (Matthew 14:27; NIV).

March on with courage, my soul! (Judges 5:21; NLT).

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

You are great (Jeremiah 10:6; NLT).

I am small (Psalm 119:141; NKJV).

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