Well or ill

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

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

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

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


Whether I am well
Or ill,

Please help me to accept
Just how I am –

So your will
May be done.


Naked and empty-handed

We all come to the end of our lives as naked and empty-handed as on the day we were born (Ecclesiastes 5:15; NLT).

We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love (1 John 4:16; NLT).

For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:26; NLT).

But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God (John 1:12; NLT).

We are naked
And empty-handed
Before you,
Every day –

Men and women,
Young and old,
Rich and poor,
Sick and well –

Yet you love us all
So much,
For we are
Your children.


“…he is not far from any one of us” (Acts 17:27; NLT).

We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love (1 John 4:16; NLT).

Whether you seem far or near,
You love me,
And I love you.

Whether I am well or ill,
You love me,
And I love you.

Whether I am up or down,
You love me,
And I love you.

Thank you for being with me,
And loving me,
No matter how I am.

My aim

My aim

“You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.” (Luke 10:27; NLT).

However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me (Acts 20:24; NIV).

I’m not aiming
To get rich;
But to love you
With all my strength.

I’m not aiming
To be liked;
But to love you
With all my mind.

I’m not aiming
To have fun;
But to love you
With all my heart.

And I’m not aiming
To feel well;
But to love you
With all my soul.

In Jesus’ name,

God’s presence

Constantly being aware of God’s presence throughout the day, and when we wake at night, is a vital part of Christian life, yet it can be so difficult to practice. There may be long, busy periods of the day when we are so distracted that we forget about God altogether. It can then come as something of a shock when we remember him, and turn to him once more. Today’s prayer reminds us to ask for help to stay continuously in touch with him.

God’s presence

* I keep the LORD always before me (Psalm 16:8; NIV).
* And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? (Luke 18:7).
* On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night (Psalm 63:6; N|V).
* …when I awake, I am still with you (Psalm 139:18; NIV).
* Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice (Psalm 55:17).
* …surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age (Matthew 28:20).

Alert or drowsy,
Well or ill,
Busy or resting,
Happy or sad –
May I never forget
Your presence,
My Lord and my God.