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When I can’t rejoice

When I can’t rejoice, Lord,
May I pray.

When I cannot pray, Lord, 
May I sleep.

When I cannot sleep, Lord,
May I rest.

When I cannot rest, Lord, 
May I weep.

When I cannot weep, Lord,
May I wait –

Enduring all,
For you will keep me safe. 

References

Always be joyful (1 Thessalonians 5:16; NLT).

Never stop praying (1 Thessalonians 5:17; NLT).

I think, ‘My bed will comfort me, and sleep will ease my misery’ (Job 7:13; NLT).

I am churning within and cannot rest (Job 30:27; CSB).

I weep with sorrow (Psalm 119:28; NLT).

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him (Psalm 37:7; NIV).

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).

You alone, O Lord, will keep me safe (Psalm 4:8; 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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O, my children

 

O, my children, 
Though you weep,

Remember 
I am always near.  

O, my children,
Though you grieve, 

Remember 
I am always here. 

O, my children, 
Though you fail, 

Remember 
You are always dear.

O, my children,
Though you fall, 

Remember me –
And have no fear.

 

References

You are close beside me (Psalm 23:4; NLT).

Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it (Genesis 28:16; NIV).

We know how much God loves us (1 John 4:16; NLT).

The Lord is for me, so I will have no fear (Psalm 118:6; NLT).

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Life to the full

Hello, everyone. Today’s blog might seem a bit strange unless I give you a bit of background. Recently, I spoke in a religious setting about the importance of being lovingly honest and direct with one another if we want to build a healthy, trusting, supportive group. This went down very badly with some of those present. One, in particular, said we should be paying very little attention to our thoughts and feelings, but rather “deconstructing” ourselves, until there is nothing personal left at all. With this approach, feelings, thoughts and honesty have very little importance. Rather, they would be seen as childish and immature.

I do hope I’ve done justice to this man’s words. I thought about what he had said for a long time afterwards, and eventually wrote the prayer/poem below. Remembering that we can’t all think the same, do see what you think.

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Lord, you never said
We should detach ourselves from life;

You came so we can have life
To the full.

You never said
That we should deconstruct ourselves;

You came so we can have life
To the full.

You never said
Get rid of your emotions;

You loved, wept, raged –
And lived life to the full.

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I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10; NLT).

Jesus loved Martha, Mary and Lazarus (John 11:5; NLT).

Then Jesus wept (John 11:35; NLT).

When Jesus saw what was happening, he was angry (Mark 10:14; NLT).

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

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Rejoice and weep

Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep (Romans 12:15; NRSV).

God […] comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God (2 Corinthians 1:3-4; NIV).

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

God made human beings in his own image (Genesis 9:6; NLT).

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Lord God,
If we are to rejoice
With all those who rejoice,

And weep
With those who weep,

Then this must be
How you relate to us,

For you made us
In your image.

 

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Love

Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep
(Romans 12:15; 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 1:3-4; NLT).

This is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love (2 John 1:6; NLT).

 

Lord,
May I rejoice
With all those who are happy,

And weep
With everyone who weeps –

For this is love.

 

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Trials

“Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world” (John 16:33; NLT).

“How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn’t let me” (Luke 13:34; NLT).

“So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him” (Luke 15:20; NLT).


Lord,
If we don’t know you,
We face the trials of life
Essentially alone,
Although you always wait
To embrace us,
Whilst weeping over our pain,
And spiritual darkness.

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