The Gifts I’ve Always Longed For

Lord, some days I feel like I’m one big ball of longings
Longings from the past
Longings in the present
Longings for the future
I’m longing…longing…longing
There are many regrets
Dashed hopes, broken promises
Unfulfilled dreams, missed opportunities
My longings, longings, longings

This is the time for giving gifts, and receiving some too
Lord, what is the gift I most long for from You?
You have gifts to give that I need so much
You promise peace and hope, and a tender touch
You offer me healing and joy, and a reason to live
Faith and love, gifts that grow as I give
You give me the gift of belonging to You
You made me and know me and accept me too

I long to be changed by Your transforming love
To let go and believe in Your mercy from above
I long to be free from my pain and my past
To receive Your gifts, that will always last
Guidance and contentment are gifts that I need
From envy and worry, I long to be freed

Thank You, Lord, for new life, light and love
For forgiveness and grace and Your Spirit from above
You are the one who gives me each breath
And You offer me the gift of life after death
There isn’t a gift that I could ask for from You
That You would withhold, if it’s Your desire, too
Help me, Lord, to bring all of my longings to You
Because You already know the gifts
I need most from You

Lord, what are the gifts You long for from me?
Trusting obedience and love
A servant heart You long to see
A forgiving, humble spirit, Your grace extended to all
And a heart that is ready to respond to Your call
Help me, Lord, to give my whole life to You
As I open my heart to receive the gifts
You long to give me, too

James 1:17: Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights.

Romans 15:13: May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

© Rosalind Renshaw

From Soar Like an Eagle: A Daily Devotional

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