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Wilderness

 

When we are in a wilderness
Of sorrow,

Of sickness, anger, grief, despair,                       
Or fear,

Remind us you’ve experienced 
This too, Lord, 

And that you suffer with us,
Always near.

 

References

Some wandered in the wilderness, lost and homeless (Psalm 107; 4; NLT).

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted (Matthew 4:1; NLT).

How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day?(Psalm 13:2; NLT).

Sickness: Then Pilate had Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip (John 19:1; NLT).

Anger: Jesus made a whip from some ropes and chased them all out of the temple. He drove out the sheep and cattle, scattered the money changers’ coins over the floor,  and turned over their tables (John 2:15; NLT).

Grief: Then Jesus wept. The people who were standing nearby said, “See how much he loved him!” (John 11:35-6; NLT).

Despair: My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? (Mark 15:34; NLT).

Fear: He was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood (Luke 22:44; NLT).

Shall I not drink from the cup of suffering the Father has given me? (John 18:11; NLT).

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

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff – they comfort me (Psalm 23:4; NRSV).

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Seek God

 

Seek God in your suffering,
Seek him in your pain;

Seek him in your anguish,
Seek him: he is near.

Seek God in your wilderness,
Seek him in your fear;

Seek him in your darkness –
You will find him: he is here.

 

References 

Keep on seeking, and you will find (Matthew 7:7; NLT). 

The Kingdom of Heaven is near (Matthew 4:17; NIV).

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

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

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Pain

 

Lord, I’ve got a migraine, yet again…

Pain for the sake of pain
Can seem so pointless,

Yet illness may be borne
In different ways:

With anger, deep resentment,
Or self-pity;

With patience, peace, acceptance –
Even praise.

So, may I suffer willingly, 
As you did, 

For sickness 
Is a sacred invitation

To bear my cross
While pleading, Lord, for others,

And pray for them,
While sharing in their pain. 

 

References 

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

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

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-3; NRSV).

If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine (Matthew 26:39; NLT).

Take up your cross daily, and follow me (Luke 9:23; NLT).

 

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May I serve you

 

Lord,

May I serve you
Every day
In all I think, and do,
And say;

In how I bear 
My suffering,
And how I praise, 
Rejoice, and pray.  

I ask this 
Through the Holy One  
Who died for us –
Your only Son. 

 

References 

Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only (Luke 4:8; NIV).

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NIV).

The baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God (Luke 1:35; 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). 

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Night fears

 

With every fearful breath, Lord God, 
I turn to you again, again,

Beseeching you to help me face
This cup of suffering and pain.

Then, Lord, you take me in your arms, 
And show me Christ, your Son, your Son,  

Till I share his acceptance, Lord, 
And pray, Your will be done. 

 

References

They went to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and Jesus said, “Sit here while I go and pray” (Mark 14:32; NLT).

He was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood (Luke 22:44; NLT).

Shall I not drink from the cup of suffering the Father has given me? (John 18:11; NLT).

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

This grace […] has now been revealed through the appearing of our Saviour, Christ Jesus (2 Timothy 1:9-10; NIV).

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

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Drink this cup

I wrote this prayer today (5.9.18), at 7.30am, before a hospital visit:

Sit down, my child,
And drink this cup
Of suffering,
Which I have brought. 

Remember all 
That Jesus did,
And practice all
That Jesus taught.

And do not fear
What lies ahead –
The sickness, pain,
And suffering –

Just fix your heart
Upon the prize:
Eternal life,
With Christ, your King.

At 4pm the same day, I learned that I have two invasive cancers in my left breast, so will be having surgery soon. When it seems appropriate, I’ll include news of what’s happening with my daily blogs. If I miss a day or two, which I’ve never done before, you will know there’s a good reason.

References

Shall I not drink from the cup of suffering the Father has given me? (John 18:11; NLT).

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

Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? (Matthew 6:27; NLT).

Be strong, and do not fear (Isaiah 35:4; NLT).

I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong (2 Corinthians 12:10; KJV).

I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us (Philippians 3:14; NLT).

For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3; NLT).

Look, your King is coming to you. He is humble, riding on a donkey – riding on a donkey’s colt (Matthew 21:5; NLT). 

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What is this cross?

 

Then [Jesus] said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me” (Luke 9:23; NLT).

 

What is this cross
Of which you speak, Lord Jesus?

What is this burden
I must bear through life?

It’s everything you suffer 
For my sake, child;

It’s every kind of sickness, grief,
And strife.

What makes this cross
So critical, Lord Jesus?

What makes this burden count
Right up to death?

It’s facing all your suffering
With faith, child,

Whilst showing love to all
Till your last breath.

 

References

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

I was given a thorn in my flesh […] Three times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:7-9; NLT).

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).

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

You have heard the law that say, ‘Love your neighbour’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! (Matthew 5:43-4; NLT).

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34; NIV).

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