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Contemplation

Contemplation

Sing to him a new song; play skilfully and shout for joy
(Psalm 33:3; NIV).

David was dancing before the Lord with all his might
(2 Samuel 6:14; NIV).

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

Be silent before the Sovereign LORD
(Zephaniah 1:7; NIV).


Lord,
I wish I could leap,
And dance,
And sing for joy
Before you.

But I can only
Lift my mind
And heart
And soul,
To worship you
In stillness,
And in silence.

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Prayer

Prayer 

“If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. I will be found by you,” says the LORD (Jeremiah 29:13-14; NLT).

“ ‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’  And, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself’ ” (Luke 10:27; NLT).


Lord,
May your Holy Spirit
Help me -

To seek you
With all my mind,

Love you
With all my heart,

Praise you
With all my soul,

And serve you
With all my strength.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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Meaning

Meaning

For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit (Romans 14:17; NLT).

“If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. I will be found by you,” says the LORD (Jeremiah 29:13-14; NLT).

“ ‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’  And, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself’ ” (Luke 10:27; NLT).


Lord,
Luxuries and treats
Can’t lift our state of mind
For long;

Shopping and consumer goods
Can’t make our lives
Worthwhile;

For meaning comes
Through seeking you
Wholeheartedly -

And loving
Other people
As ourselves.

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Illness

Illness

“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).

Lord,
Please help us
To face illness
Without denial,
Self-pity,
Or bitterness.

May we embrace it
As a valued part of life -
Our training-ground,
Our discipline,
Our cross.

May we accept it,
And adapt to it,
Learning all we can,
Then helping others
To do the same.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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God who sees me

God who sees me

“You are the God who sees me” (Genesis 16:13; NIV).

I love the LORD because he hears my voice (Psalm 116:1; NLT).

O LORD, you have examined my heart and know everything about me
(Psalm 139:1; NLT).

LORD, you are the God who saves me (Psalm 88:1; NIV).

“I am the LORD, who heals you” (Exodus 15:27; NIV).

For he loves us with unfailing love (Psalm 117:2; NLT).

He ransoms me and keeps me safe (Psalm 55:18; NLT).

Send out your light and your truth; let them guide me. Let them lead me to your holy mountain, to the place where you live
(Psalm 43:3; NLT).


God who sees me,
And who hears me,

God who knows me,
And who saves me,

God who heals me,
And who loves me -

Keep me safe,
And guide me home.

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Paradise

Paradise

He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain (Revelation 21:4; NLT).


No more tears,
Or suffering,
Or pain;

No more hurt,
Or loneliness,
Or hate;

No more rage,
Or cruelty,
Or death -

Ah -
This must be paradise,
At last!

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Hand in hand

Hand in hand

For I hold you by your right hand – I, the LORD your God. And I say to you, “Don’t be afraid, I am here to help you” (Isaiah 41:13; NLT).

Let us go on instead and become mature in our understanding (Hebrews 6:1; NLT).

O LORD my God, how great you are! (Psalm 104;1; NLT).


Lord,
You know
Exactly how tight
To hold my hand,
As I grow
Towards maturity
In understanding you.

How wonderful you are!
How kind!

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