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A journey

A journey

He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him (Daniel 2:22; NIV).

He reveals the deep things of darkness and brings utter darkness into the light (Job 12:22; NIV).

God is light; in him there is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5; NIV).

Lord,
In silent prayer,
You take my hand,
And lead me on a journey
Into the darkness
Of my soul,
And the radiance
Of yours.

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The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised
(Job 1:21; NIV).

Should we accept only good things from the hand of God, and never anything bad?
(Job 2:10; NLT).

May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10; NLT).

Be thankful in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18; NLT).

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


Lord,
When bad things happen,
Please help me
To make the very best
Of my circumstances,
By learning all I can from them –
With you.

For Jesus’ sake,
Amen.

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Happiness

Happiness

Life is not measured by how much you own” (Luke 12:15; NLT).

People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart (1 Samuel 16:7; NLT).

The LORD gave me what I had, and the LORD has taken it away. Praise the name of the LORD!” (Job 1:21; NLT).

“Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God” (Luke 12:21; NLT).

Make me walk along the path of your commands, for that is where my happiness is found (Psalm 119:35; NLT).


Lord,
Please help me
Not be fooled
Into believing
That happiness depends
On my relationships,
Appearance,
Clothes,
Possessions,
Money,
Home,
Holidays,
Intellect,
Career,
Abilities,
Achievements,
Or state of health;

For sooner or later
Everything I think is mine
Will be taken from me,
Except my soul –
And you.

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Life, suffering and death

Life, suffering and death

Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being (Genesis 2:7; NIV).

In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind (Job 12:10; NIV).

Blessed is the one whom God corrects; so 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).

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

Then he [Job] fell to the ground in worship and said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised” (Job 1:20-21; 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).

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

To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God (Revelation 2:7; NIV).

Father,
You create us,
And sustain our lives.

You teach, discipline
And heal us;
We are entirely
In your hands.

Help us to rejoice in you,
To pray continually,
And to give thanks
In all circumstances.

When our bodies
Go back to the dust
From which we came,
May our souls return to you
In Paradise.

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Refuge

Hi to every reader. Loss and bereavement are an inevitable part of life for everyone, but when death ends precious relationships, God is always there to help:

Refuge
* The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised (Job 1:21; NIV).
* As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you (Isaiah 66:13; NIV).
* For your Maker is your husband – the LORD Almighty is his name (Isaiah 54:5; NIV).
* [Nothing] …will be able to separate us from the love of God (Romans 8:39-9; NIV).
* My beloved is mine and I am his (Song of Songs 2:16; NIV).
* The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms (Deuteronomy 33:27; NIV).

Lord,
You are my father
And my mother now,
And one day
You will be my husband, too.

You give –
And then you take your gifts away,
Yet may I always praise
Your glorious name;

For I am yours,
And you are mine,
So nothing can divide me
From your love.

Entirely dependant
On your tender care,
I find my refuge
In your everlasting arms.

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