Lent & Cross, Longing, Poets

Batter My Heart – John Donne

Lord God, Batter my heart, Knock, breathe, shine in me, mend me. So that I might have victory, Overthrow me, break me, blow, burn in me, And make me new. Amen.   – John Donne 1573–1631AD.  English poet and pastor.

Listening, Longing

The Valley Of Vision – Prayer To See

Lord, high and holy, meek and lowly, You have brought me to the valley of vision, where I live in the depths but see You in the heights; hemmed in by mountains of sin I behold Your glory. Let me learn by paradox that the way down is the way up, that to be low is to be high, that…


Biblical, Longing

I Wait For The Lord

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits. And in his word I put my hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchman wait for the morning, more than watchman wait for the morning. I wait for the Lord, my soul waits. And in his word I put my hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than…


Longing, Prayer Of Church

Prayer For The Lonely

We pray for all who are lonely, children who are being bullied and dare not tell anyone; shy people who make it hard to make friends; those who feel rejected and isolated; those whose partner has died or left them; and the elderly people who miss their families and old friends. Be with them all in infinite love.

Longing, Mystics, Peace

I Ask For You – Julian Of Norwich

God of all goodness, I ask for You, and you are Enough. To be worthy of you I cannot ask for anything less than You. If I were to ask less, I would always be in want, for in You alone – I have everything.   – Julian Of Norwich 1342-416AD

Longing, Relationships

For Those Seeking A Partner

  Dear God, please help me heal From grief, loss and the pain of love in my past And let me be whole and happy again I have been needy and overly-anxious, I have felt desperate and too willing to settle. Calm the need in me that makes unwise choices. Sooth the soreness in my soul that makes me crave…


Ancient, Longing, Love, Mystics

Late Have I Loved You – St Augustine

Late, have I loved you, Beauty so ancient so new! Late have I loved you!   You were within me, but I was outside you and there I searched for you. In my unloveliness I plunged into the lovely things which you created. You were with me, but I was not with you. Created things kept me from you; yet if they…


Longing, Mystics

In A Dry Land – Jane De Chantal

Help Lord, I am in dry land, all dried up and cracked by the violence of the wind and the cold. But I trust you. Send me both dew and warmth when it pleases you. Amen.   – St Jane De Chantal  1571-1641AD  (A reflection on Psalm 42).

Biblical, Longing

Who Else In Heaven?

To you, Lord, I will always stay near. You hold me by your right hand, You lead me by your counsel, and will draw me in the wake of your glory.   Who else do I have in heaven? With you, I desire nothing on earth. My heart and flesh may dissolve, but God is for ever my portion, my…