light, fire, love, peace, prayer, faith, contemplation, God,

Everything you make

Everything 
You make, Lord,
Is so beautiful –

It shines
And stirs, 

It whispers, 
Speaks,

And sings!

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References 

God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good! (Genesis 1:31; NLT).

The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known (Psalm 19:1-2; NLT).

After the fire there was the sound of  gentle whisper (1 Kings 19:12; NLT).

God speaks again and again, though people do not recognise it (Job 33:14; NLT).

The mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing (Isaiah 55:12; KJV). 

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agoraphobia, depression, anxiety, chronic fatigue, cycling,

Agoraphobia diary: 7am day 6

Hello everyone. Today is the 6th of my agoraphobia challenge, my second location, and my second visit to my mother in her Care Home. The weather forecast is much better for this morning than for the afternoon, so my sister and I plan to go for a walk before lunch, saving the visit for the afternoon. I would have preferred this arrangement the other way round, to get the hardest bit out of the way first, but it isn’t going to work out that way.

I’ve suggested a large local country park for our walk. It’s a place we often went to when I was young, so I’m interested to see how I feel when I’m there. I’ve had some very bad panic attacks during walks over the years, but more recently have been better at recognising my anxiety as it starts to rise, and just staying with it, without escalating it. Time will tell.

When I’m out in the countryside, it helps me a lot that I can see God shining out of everything around me, and something of this is reflected in the morning’s prayer:

You speak

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1; NLT).

God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light (Genesis 1:3; NLT).

The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known (Psalm 19:1-2; NLT).

I will wake the dawn with my song (Psalm 57:8; NLT).

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Lord,

Each day
You speak the earth
Into renewal.

Each day
You sing, to light
The heavens above.

Each day,
You dance all creatures
Into waking.

Each day
You smile, to fill us
With your love.

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Prayer

Contemplation

Contemplation

Sing to him a new song; play skilfully and shout for joy
(Psalm 33:3; NIV).

David was dancing before the Lord with all his might
(2 Samuel 6:14; NIV).

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him
(Psalm 37:7; NIV).

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


Lord,
I wish I could leap,
And dance,
And sing for joy
Before you.

But I can only
Lift my mind
And heart
And soul,
To worship you
In stillness,
And in silence.

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Prayer

Suffering and joy

Suffering and joy

Yet man is born to trouble as surely as sparks fly upward (Job 5:7; NIV).

Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures; yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away (Psalm 90:10; NIV).

“He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever”
(Revelation 21:4; NLT).

Their hearts will rejoice with everlasting joy (Psalm 22:26; NLT).


Lord,
We know that suffering is inevitable
In this fallen world,
But in heaven it will end at last.

For you will wipe every tear from our eyes,
And there will be no more death,
Or sorrow, or crying, or pain.

Then our hearts
Will sing your praise with joy,
For all eternity!

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Healing

Healing 

And when he comes, he will open the eyes of the blind and unplug the ears of the deaf. The lame will leap like a deer, and those who cannot speak will sing for joy! (Isaiah 35:5-6; NLT).

A vast crowd brought to him people who were lame, blind, crippled, those who couldn’t speak, and many others. They laid them before Jesus, and he healed them all (Matthew 15:30; NLT).

Lord,
I am blind –
Please heal me,
So I can see your face.

I am deaf –
Please heal me,
So  can hear your voice.

I am lame –
Please heal me,
So I can dance with joy.

I am dumb –
Please heal me,
So I can sing your praise.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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Father, I love you

Hello, everyone. Contemplative prayer can be the result of simply running out of words to praise God. Sometimes I feel as though I might burst, because the words just aren’t there. Today’s prayer came to me on a day when that happened, and offered me a new way forward…  
 

Father, I love you  

Sing to him a new song; play skilfully and shout for joy (Psalm 33:3).

David was dancing before the Lord with all his might (2 Samuel 6:14).

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him (Psalm 37:7).

Father, I love you.
I love you so much.

I wish I could shout with praise,
And sing to you at the top of my voice.

I wish I could play wild music,
And beat a drum until it burst.

I wish I could run, and dance,
And turn somersaults of joy.

I wish I could embrace you,
And kiss your feet.

I wish I could hold your hand,
And weep with you for the world.

But I can’t do any of these things, 
Lord.

I can only worship you,
In the stillness and silence of my heart.

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