When I can’t rejoice

When I can’t rejoice, Lord,
May I pray.

When I cannot pray, Lord, 
May I sleep.

When I cannot sleep, Lord,
May I rest.

When I cannot rest, Lord, 
May I weep.

When I cannot weep, Lord,
May I wait –

Enduring all,
For you will keep me safe. 

References

Always be joyful (1 Thessalonians 5:16; NLT).

Never stop praying (1 Thessalonians 5:17; NLT).

I think, ‘My bed will comfort me, and sleep will ease my misery’ (Job 7:13; NLT).

I am churning within and cannot rest (Job 30:27; CSB).

I weep with sorrow (Psalm 119:28; NLT).

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

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).

You alone, O Lord, will keep me safe (Psalm 4:8; NLT).

I return to you

Lord,

When I awake,
May I return to you;

And, all day long,
May I return to you.

In silent prayer,
May I return to you;

And when I sleep,
May I return to you.

So, whilst I live,
May I return to you;

And when I die,
May I return to you.

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References 

Pray constantly (1 Thessalonians 5:17; NIV).

Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved (Isaiah 30:15; NLT).

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

One with you

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

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

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

Nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God (Romans 8:39; NLT).

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When I close my eyes 
I’m one with you, Lord,

And when I open them,
I’m one with you.

When I go to sleep 
I’m one with you, Lord,

And when I wake up
I am one with you.

When I’m walking
I am one with you, Lord,

And when I’m resting
I am one with you.

When I’m silent
I am one with you, Lord,

And when I pray aloud
I’m one with you;

So, as long as I’m alive
I’m one with you, Lord,

And when I die
I’ll still be one with you.

 

In your presence

When I wake up, you are still with me! (Psalm 139:18; NLT).

I know the Lord is always with me (Psalm 16:8; NLT).

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

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

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Lord,

I sleep and wake
In your presence;

Walk and talk
In your presence;

Work and rest
In your presence;

Love and pray
In your presence –

For you
Dwell in my soul

Both night
And day.

I can’t sleep

Here I am (1 Samuel 3:4; NIV).

The life of every living thing is in his hand (Job 12:10; NLT).

Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28; NLT).

You have brought me into your presence forever (Psalm 41:12; NLT).

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Lord God,
I can’t sleep.

Here I am,
In your hand,

With nothing
To do,

And nothing
To say.

So many
Are sleepless;

I pray
For us all:

May we rest
In your presence,

Until break
Of day.

When I sleep

The eternal God is your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you (Deuteronomy 33:27; NLT).

God speaks again and again (Job 33:14; NLT).

I hold you by your right hand (Isaiah 41:13; NLT).

The Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost (Luke 19:10; NLT).

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Lord,

When I sleep,
I’m in your arms,

When I pray
You talk to me;

When I walk
You hold my hand,

And when I’m lost
You rescue me.

May I hide

Hide me in the shadow of your wings (Psalm 17:8; NLT).

The eternal God is your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you (Deuteronomy 33:27; NLT).

As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you (Isaiah 66:13; NIV).

Before you gave birth to the earth […] you are God (Psalm 90:2; NLT).

 

Lord,
May I hide
For a while
In the shadow
Of your wings.

May I rest
For a while
In the shelter
Of your arms.

May I sleep
For a while
In the comfort
Of your womb.