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I am content

 

Lord,
I am content
With what you send.

Health and illness
Both flow from your hand;

Poverty and plenty
From above –

You know what I need,
For you are love.

 

Lord,
I am content
With what you give.

Joy and grief
Are lessons I must live;

Disaster, healing touch,
Smooth path, or rough –

You know what I need,
And that’s enough.

 

Lord,
I am content
With what you grant.

May I learn to face
What you command;

For you, Lord, suffer with me,
Like your Son,

And you know what I need –
Your will be done.

 

References

Be it unto me according to thy word (Luke 1:38; KJV).

I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances (Philippians 4:11; NIV).

Do not despise the discipline of the Almighty. For he wounds, but he also binds up; he injures, but his hands also heal (Job: 5:17; NIV).

Your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him (Matthew 6:8; NLT).

God is love (1 John 4:16; NLT).

Though the Lord gave you adversity for food and suffering for drink, he will still be with you to teach you (Isaiah 30:20; NLT).

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

Surely he has borne our infirmities and carried our diseases (Isaiah 53:4; NRSV).

Your will be done (Matthew 6:10; NLT).

 

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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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In all my hardships

 

In all my hardships, Lord,  
You suffer, too;
You share each blow, each feeling, 
And each thought.

You rescue me, my Saviour,
And redeem;
You carry me through life,
Though I am naught.

We share one Spirit, Lord, 
Of joy and love; 
I live in you,
And you, Lord, live in me.

Together, we embrace 
Life’s trials and sorrows;
So I’m at peace,
For you have set me free. 

 

References

In all their suffering he also suffered, and he personally rescued them. In his love and mercy he redeemed them. He lifted them up and carried them through all the years (Isaiah 63:9; NLT).

I am nothing but dust and ashes (Genesis 18:27; NIV).

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

God has given us his Spirit as proof that we live in him and he in us (1 John 4:13; NLT).

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

Peace I leave you; my peace I give you (John 14:27; NIV).

If the Son sets you free, you are truly free (John 8:36; NLT).

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Without faith

I pray for those, Lord,  
Walking without faith,
For life is hard when we
Dismiss your love.  

I pray for those 
Who suffer without faith,
For pain is hard when we
Forget your blood.

I pray for those, Lord, 
Dying without faith,
For death is hard when we
Reject your grace. 

I pray for those 
Who meet you unprepared –
Awestruck, Lord,
To see you face to face. 

 

References

Jesus said to his disciples, “Have faith in God” (Mark 11:22; NLT).

God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16; NLT).

This is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many (Matthew 26:28; NLT).

My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9; NLT).

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me (Psalm 23:4; KJV).

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

Now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face (1 Corinthians 13:12; NRSV).

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Constant prayer

With many thanks to Peter Johnston
for his inspirational words. 

 

May I live in you
Through constant prayer:
Resting, waking, working, Lord,
With you.

May I live in you
Through constant prayer:
Listening, speaking, serving, Lord, 
With you.

May I live in you
Through constant prayer:
Trying, struggling, failing, Lord, 
With you. 

May I live in you
Through constant prayer:
Suffering, fretting, waiting, Lord,
With you.

May I live in you
Through constant prayer:
Forever reuniting, Lord, 
With you. 

 

References

Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them (1 John 4:16; NIV).

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

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

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The best kind of love

 

Dear Friend,

We both suffer, 
So I send my love –

My deep fellow-feeling;
That’s my kind of love. 

Better than pity,
I’m sending my love –

My deep fellow-feeling;
That’s my kind of love.

Stronger  than sympathy, 
Sending my love –

My deep fellow-feeling;
That’s my kind of love.

Greater than empathy, 
Sending my love –

My deep fellow-feeling;
The best kind of love.

 

References

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

He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us (2 Corinthians 1:4, NLT).

Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another (1 John 4:11; NIV).

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

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12.9; NLT).

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

We do not have a great high priest who is unable to empathise with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet he did not sin (Hebrews 4:15; NLT).

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You wake with us

 

You wake with us each morning,
And join us when we pray.  
You go with us into the world,
And serve with us each day. 

You laugh with us in good times, 
And sigh when we are lame.
You bow your head when we have sinned, 
And burn with us, in shame.

You sit with us in darkness,
And watch with us at night.
You suffer when we’re full of dread,
And wait with us for light. 

You stay with us in danger,
And shed tears when we weep.
You share our pain when we despair,
And mourn with us in grief.

You comfort us in sickness, 
And help us face death’s rod;
Then walk with us through heaven’s gate –
And gaze with us on God.

 

References

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

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me (Psalm 23:4; KJV). 

Enter his gates with thanksgiving (Psalm 100:4; NLT).

Now we see in a mirror, indirectly, but then we will see face to face (1 Corinthians 13:12; NET).

We all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image (2 Colossians 3:18; NIV).

One thing I ask of the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple (Psalm 27:4; NIV).

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