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Easter Day

Happy Easter to you all xxxxxxx

 

 

Lord,

Helping those who suffer
Is the same as helping you –
This is what you taught your friends, 
And I believe it’s true.

Lifting those who stumble
Is the same as lifting you –
Thus, Simon had to lend his strength,
So you could stand anew. 

Serving those who perish
Is the same as serving you –
Like Mary, and her sister,
And their friend, the Magdalen. 

Loving other people
Is the same as loving you –
As God loved you on Easter Day, 
So you could rise again. 

 

References 

Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me (Matthew 25:40; NIV).

As they led Jesus away, a man named Simon, who was from Cyrene, happened to be coming in from the countryside. The soldiers seized him and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus (Luke 23:26; NLT).

Standing near the cross were Jesus’ mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary (the wife of Clopas), and Mary Magdalene (John 19:25; NLT).

God raised him to life on the third day (Acts 10:40; NLT).

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Tests

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Lord,

Whether my tests are great or small,
May I help those who stumble.

Whether my pain is strong or weak,
May I help others through.

Whether my tears fall fast or slow,
May I help those who suffer.

Whether my life is long or short,
May I, like Christ, serve you.

 

References

The Lord tests the heart (Proverbs 17:3; NLT).

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

Mourn with those who mourn (Romans 12:15; NRSV).

Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me (Matthew 25:40; NIV).

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Your servant

 

Lord, I am your servant.
I want to do your will.

Every time I falter, 
May I serve you still. 

Lord, I am your servant.
I want to do my best.

Every time I stumble,
Help me through the test. 

Lord, I am your servant.
I want to serve you well.

Every time I tumble,
Rescue me from hell.

Lord, I am your servant,
Although the very least. 

When my life is over,
Let me die in peace.

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References

I am the Lord’s servant.  (Luke 1:38; NLT).

Everyone will be tested with fire (Mark 9:49; NLT).

He rescues me (Psalm 35:9; NLT).

Not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love (Romans 8:38; NLT).

Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all (Mark 9:35; NIV).

How fleeting my life is (Psalm 39:4; NLT).

Let your servant die in peace, as you have promised (Luke 2:29; NLT).

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Prayer

Never enough

We all stumble in many ways (James 3:2; NIV).

Everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard (Romans 3:23; NLT).

 

Lord,
Help me to pray
As best I can,
Though it’s never enough.

Help me to listen
As best I can,
Though it’s never enough.

Help me to serve
As best I can,
Though it’s never enough.

And help me to love
As best I can,
Though it’s never enough.

 

 

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TRIALS AND SORROWS

Trials and sorrows

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

Three things will last forever – faith, hope, and love – and the greatest of these is love (1 Corinthians 13:13; NLT).

“I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give” (John 14:27; NLT).

For if you do these things, you will never stumble, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:10-11; NIV).


Lord,
Please help us
In this world of trials and sorrows.

Heal our hatred and enmity,
Our fear and violence.

Fill us with faith and hope,
With peace and love.

Then bring us, at last,
To your eternal kingdom.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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Dust

Hello everyone. Today there are two short reflections on the same theme:


Dust

“Lord, I am not worthy to have you come into my home” (Matthew 8:8; NLT).

Then Abraham spoke again. “Since I have begun, let me speak further to my Lord, even though I am but dust and ashes” (Genesis 18:27; NLT).

Serve only the LORD your God and fear him alone. Obey his commands, listen to his voice, and cling to him (Deuteronomy 13:4; NLT).

…lead me along the path of everlasting life (Psalm 139:24; NLT).


Lord,
I am not worthy
To approach you.

Let me be a speck of dust
Clinging to your sandal,

So I can follow the path of everlasting life
In your presence every day.

Through Jesus’ name,
Amen.


Dust 

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

If any household or town refuses to welcome you or listen you your message, shake its dust from your feet as you leave (Matthew 10:14; NLT).

Though they stumble they will never fall, for the LORD holds them by the hand
(Psalm 37:24; NLT).


Lord,
You know how weak I am.

I’m only a speck of dust
Clinging to your sandal.

When I let you down,
Please don’t shake me off.

When I stumble,
Please don’t let me fall.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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Walking in the light

When the Christian life seems difficult and complicated, or God seems far away and impossible to understand, it can help to remember that all we really need to do is to follow the example Jesus set for us in thought, word and deed…

Walking in the light
* This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5; NIV).
* When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12; NIV).

Lord,
How we stumble
In the darkness of our ignorance!

Illuminate our hearts and minds,
We pray.

Help us to follow your dear Son
As his disciples,
So we can walk in his light.

We ask this in his precious name,
Amen.

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