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On loan

Father God,
You make me and sustain me;
Each atom of my flesh
Is yours, on loan. 

Thank you for my body,
Your Son’s birthplace, 
My shelter here on earth
Till I come home.

Prince of Peace, 
You heal me and forgive me;
May all my thoughts be worthy 
Of your trust.  

Thank you for my mind,
Your sacred lodging,
My fragile home 
Till I return to dust.

Counsellor, 
You strengthen me and help me; 
May every word I speak
Bring joy to you.

Thank you for my heart,
Your holy dwelling,
My refuge here on earth
Till life is through.

Threefold God, 
You crown me and redeem me;
May everything I do 
Express your care.

Thank you for my soul,
Your holy temple,
Where we unite forever, Lord,
In prayer. 

 

References

He will be called: Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6; NLT).

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

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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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When we want to talk about ourselves

 

Lord,
When we want to talk about ourselves,
Remind us others may have problems, too,
So we can ask, and listen,
Just like you.

Lord,
When we feel sorry for ourselves,
Remind us others may be suffering, too,
So we can ask, and comfort them,
Like you.

Lord,
When we crave support just for ourselves,
Remind us others may need cheering too,
So we can ask, and strengthen them,
Like you.

Lord,
When we long for love to come our way,
Remind us others may feel lonely, too,
So we can ask, and love them,
Just like you.

 

References

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

They suffer painfully; their life is full of trouble (Job 14:22; NLT).

When Jesus heard them, he stopped and called, “What do you want me to do for you?” (Matthew 20:32; NLT).

Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2; NLT).

Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn (Romans 12:15).

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

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All who grieve

 

May all who grieve, Lord,
Turn to you for comfort.

May all who suffer 
Know that they are blessed.

May all those facing trials, Lord,
Be strengthened.

May all those who are weary
Find your rest.

 

References 

God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted (Matthew 5:4; NLT).

Those who suffer he delivers in their suffering; he speaks to them in their affliction (Job 36:15; NIV).

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

Keep on seeking and you will find (Luke 11:9; NLT). 

Then 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).

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So much suffering

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

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

Father, if you are willing, please take this cup off suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine (Luke 22:42; NLT).

Hold fast to him (Deuteronomy 10:20; NIV).

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Lord,

There’s so much suffering
In our brief, human lives,

Such pain to bear,
Such losses to sustain.

Please strengthen us
To face our trials bravely,

And help us to hold fast
Our faith, like you.

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Sorry

I am a sinful man (Isaiah 6:5; NLT).

“Follow me and be my disciple” Jesus said to him (Mark 2:14; NLT).

Doing wrong leads to disgrace (Proverbs 18:3; NLT).

 

Father,
I’m so sorry
That I’m only me –

Endlessly sinful
And weak.

Please forgive
And strengthen me.

Help me to follow your Son
As best I can,

So I won’t let you down,
And be disgraced.

 

 

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You know

For he knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust (Psalm 103:14; NLT).

O God, you know how foolish I am; my sins cannot be hidden from you (Psalm 69:5; NLT).

You know of my shame, scorn and disgrace (Psalm 69:19; NLT).

Lord,
You know what I’m like –
Please help me.

You know what I’m like –
Please heal me.

You know what I’m like –
Please strengthen me.

You know what I’m like –
Please forgive me.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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