Breast cancer, mastectomy,, chronic fatigue, exile, Prayer, presence, search, suffering

I long for you

My God, my God, 
I long for you, 
Though you are always here,
Within my body.

My God, my God,
I yearn for you,    
Though you are always here,
Within my mind.

My God, my God,
I thirst for you,
Though you are always here,
Within my heart, Lord.

My God, my God,
I search for you,
Though you always here,
Within my soul. 

 

References

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

I long for you, O God (Psalm 42:1; NLT).

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

I thirst for you as parched land thirsts for rain (Psalm 143:6; NLT).

All night long I search for you; in the morning I earnestly seek for God (Isaiah 26:9; NLT).

He lives within you (1 John 2:27; NLT).

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Breast cancer, mastectomy,, death, exile, Faith, hope, love, God, Prayer

One with you

Lord, 
We’re one with you 
Before our birth —

One light with you; 
One truth; one peace; 
One love.

We thirst for you
In exile, 
Here on earth;

Then reunite 
With you,
In heaven above. 

 

References

I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1:5; NLT).

God is light (1 John 1:5; NLT). 

The Spirit is truth (1 John 5:6; NKJV).

The Lord is peace (Judges 6:24; NLT).

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

O God, you are my God; my soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water (Psalm 63:1; NLT).

Here in exile my heart is breaking (Psalm 42:6; GNT).

I will be a sanctuary to you during your time in exile (Ezekiel 11:16; NLT).

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

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Like and unlike

Like and unlike

For 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).

And it was only right that he [God] should make Jesus, through his suffering, a perfect leader (Hebrews 2:10; NLT).

Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16; NLT).

Christ is the visible image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15; NLT).

 

Lord Jesus Christ,
Son of Man,
Thank you for your humanity –
For all the ways
You’re just like us:

You shared our birth;
Our hunger, thirst,
Temptation;
Our joy, pain,
Grief and anger;
Our loneliness,
Despair and death.

Lord Jesus Christ,
Son of God,
Thank you for your divinity –
For all the ways
You’re not like us at all:

Your sacred genesis;
Your knowledge, wisdom
And purity;
Your perfection, power,
Goodness and holiness;
Your love,
Courage and humility.

Thank you for being
The visible image
Of the invisible God,
So we can see his face
Reflected in your life.

Amen.

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Distress

Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect me and comfort me (Psalm 23:4; NLT).

“Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” (Job 2:10; NIV).

Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble, or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? […] No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love
(Romans 8:35-8; NLT).


Father God,
Please help us all
When we struggle
With every kind of distress –

Hunger or thirst,
Poverty or homelessness,
Physical or mental suffering,
Loneliness or grief,
Prejudice or persecution,
Oppression or violence.

Most of all,
Please help us
When life is so hard
That we lose our faith in you,
Though nothing
Can ever separate us
From your love,

In Jesus’ name,

Amen.

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Help!

Hello readers. I’m thinking you. There is really nothing extra I can say about today’s prayer, as I think it speaks for itself… 

 

Help!

Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living (Luke 15:13).

Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it

(Luke 18:17).

Lord,
Forgive and help me!

I’ve squandered my whole life
In ignorance, foolishness and sin.

I looked for you in all the wrong places,
And knew nothing of discipleship.

Now I hunger for you, Lord,
Please give the bread of life.

I thirst for you, Lord,
Please give me your living water.

Let me sit at your feet to learn, like Mary,
So I can serve you, like Martha.

Help me to apply every word of your teaching 
To myself, my thoughts and my behaviour.

Help me, Lord, I beg you,
Or I am lost.

Help me to start my life afresh,
Like a little child.

Amen.

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