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Slow healing

He laid his hands on every one of them, and healed them (Luke 4:40; KJV).

With his stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5; KJV).

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Lord,

Healing bleeds so slowly
From your hands to ours,

Like honey, dripping from
A broken comb,

Or oil, oozing from the press
When fruit is crushed.

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Quick to love

My dear brothers and sisters: you must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry (James 1:19; NLT).

Love your neighbour as yourself (Luke 10:27; NIV).

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others (1 Peter 4:10; NIV).

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus  (Philippians 2:5; NIV).

 

Lord,
May I be slow
To take offence,

But quick to love
And serve –
Just like your Son.

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Reading the Bible

Reading the Bible

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16; NIV).

Don’t forget my words or turn away from them (Proverbs 4:5; NLT).

Jesus replied, “But even more blessed are all who hear the word of God and put it into practice (Luke 11:28; NLT).


Holy Spirit,
I’m sorry to be
So ignorant
About the Bible,
Slowly wading through it,
Then forgetting
Most of what I read.

Please help me
To remember,
And to practice,
What I learn
Through studying
God’s Word.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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Relaxation

Hello, everyone. I wrote this little prayer last Tuesday, early in the morning. It was the day I got up early to go to the printer’s, where I finally signed off my little book, which will be printed over the next few days. It’s been a very steep learning curve, and hard work putting it together, but it’s a relief to have reached this stage. At times, I’ve been so stressed that I couldn’t relax into contemplative prayer at all, but perhaps it was unavoidable to feel that way, given my history of anxiety and fear. Hopefully, that stage has started to pass now…

Relaxation

But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child I am content (Psalm 131:2; NIV).

Father,
I reach out to you,
Opening myself to your love,
Slowly relaxing,
Slowing down in body and mind,
Then in heart and soul.

Thanks, repentance, intercession,
Supplication, praise and worship –
You have time for everything,
Because you have time for me,
Which is truly astonishing!

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