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When we lose you

Jesus, 
When we lose you   
In our troubles,
May we search until
We find your peace.

Spirit,
When we lose you 
In our sorrow,
May we search until
We share your love.

Mary,
When we lose you
In our sickness,
May we search until 
We know your grace. 

Father,
When we lose you
In our darkness, 
May we search
Until we see your face.

 

References 

O God, you are my God. I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you (Psalm 63:1; NLT).

If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me (Jeremiah 29:13; NLT).

Keep on seeking, and you will find (Matthew 7:7; NLT). 

Peace I leave you; my peace I give you (John 14:27; NIV).

He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love (Romans 5:5; NLT).

Here is your mother (John 19:27; NLT). 

Now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face (1 Corinthians 13:12; KJV).

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Exile (Isaiah 9:1-7; NRSV).

Lord,

I spent my early years
In bondage;
My teens and twenties
Trying to escape.

My thirties in the desert
Of depression;
My anxious forties 
In a pathless waste.

My fifties brought me    
To your promised freedom,
A land where I could start
To change and grow.

My sixties came with sickness,  
Loss, restriction,
Yet love and joy at last  
Began to flow. 

How many years remain? 
I cannot guess, Lord.
At present, I have time 
And space to pray –

No longer far from you,
Condemned to exile, 
I dwell in you, and you in me,
Each day. 

 

References

We were Pharaoh’s slaves in Egypt, but the Lord brought us out of Egypt with his strong hand (Deuteronomy 6:21; NLT).

He has known your walking through this great wilderness (Deuteronomy 2:7; HNV).

He chose the Promised Land for our inheritance (Psalm 47:4; NLT).

The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised (Job 1:21; NIV).

You love him even though you have never seen him […] and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy (1 Peter 1:8; NLT).

All who live in love live in God, and God lives in them (1 John 4:16; NLT).

The yoke of their burden, and the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor, you have broken (Isaiah 9:4; NRSV).

 

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When sorrow comes

When sorrow comes
I long for you,
While you, Lord,
Comfort me.

When sickness strikes
I search for you,
While you, Lord,
Make me whole.

When life is hard
I cry to you,
While you, Lord,
Strengthen me.

When darkness falls
I beg your help,
While you, Lord,
Heal my soul. 

 

References

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

Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me (Psalm 23:4; NLT).

May the God of peace make you holy in every way (1 Thessalonians 5:23; NLT).

You encourage me by giving me your strength (Psalm 138:3; NLT).

He restores my soul (Psalm 23:3; NKJV).

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You love me

 

Father,
You love me,
So nothing else matters –

Not even trials
Or fears. 

Jesus,
You love me,
So nothing else matters –

Not even sorrow
Or tears.

Mary, 
You love me,
So nothing else matters –

Not even sickness
Or stress. 

Spirit,
You love me,
So nothing else matters –

Not even life, Lord, 
Or death.

 

References

He loves us with unfailing love (Psalm 117:2; NLT).

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Darkness and light

Hello everyone. I thought some of you might be interested to see what a difference a word or two can make to the feel and meaning of a prayer. Below are two versions of the same basic idea. See what you think about the different shades of meaning to be found in each:

1st version

May darkness be 
The same to me 
As light.

May weakness be 
The same to me
As might.

May hardship be 
The same to me
As wealth.

May sickness be
The same to me 
As health.

May silence be 
The same to me
As speech.

May trouble be
The same to me
As peace.  

May dryness be 
The same to me 
As dew.

May death, Lord, be
The same to me
As you.

2nd version

May darkness be 
As dear to me
As light.

May weakness be 
As dear to me
As might.

May hardship be 
As dear to me
As wealth.

May sickness be
As dear to me 
As health.

May silence be 
As dear to me
As speech.

May trouble be
As dear to me
As peace.  

May dryness be  
As dear to me 
As dew.

May death, Lord, be
As dear to me
As you.

References

Darkness and light are the same to you (Psalm 139:12; NLT).

When I am weak, then I am strong (2 Corinthians 12:10; NLT).

I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything (Philippians 4:12; NLT).

I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation (Philippians 4:12; NIV).

Into your hands I commit my spirit (Psalm 31:5; NIV)

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Wilderness

 

When we are in a wilderness
Of sorrow,

Of sickness, anger, grief, despair,                       
Or fear,

Remind us you’ve experienced 
This too, Lord, 

And that you suffer with us,
Always near.

 

References

Some wandered in the wilderness, lost and homeless (Psalm 107; 4; NLT).

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

How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day?(Psalm 13:2; NLT).

Sickness: Then Pilate had Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip (John 19:1; NLT).

Anger: Jesus made a whip from some ropes and chased them all out of the temple. He drove out the sheep and cattle, scattered the money changers’ coins over the floor,  and turned over their tables (John 2:15; NLT).

Grief: Then Jesus wept. The people who were standing nearby said, “See how much he loved him!” (John 11:35-6; NLT).

Despair: My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? (Mark 15:34; NLT).

Fear: He was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood (Luke 22:44; NLT).

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

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

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff – they comfort me (Psalm 23:4; NRSV).

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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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