Faith, hope, love, God, Prayer, presence

In all things

 

Lord,

You’re present
In all things,
But we don’t recognise 
Your face,

Or thank you, Lord,
For all you do
To make us new,
And give us grace.

 

References

When they look, they won’t really see (Luke 8:10; NLT).

There is one Lord […] who is over all and in all and living through all (Ephesians 4:5-6; NLT).

Seek his face always (1 Chronicles 16:11; NIV).

Suddenly, their eyes were opened, and they recognised him (Luke 24:31; NLT).

Give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NIV).

He renews you by his love (Zephaniah 3:17; NET).

He gives us grace (Psalm 84:11; NLT).

 

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Cleanse my heart

You must be compassionate, just as your
Father is compassionate (Luke 6:36; NLT). 

Cleanse my heart, Lord, 
So that I
May care for you
In those who sigh. 

Mend my heart, Lord,
So that I
May comfort you 
In those who cry. 

Heal my heart, Lord,
So that I
May watch with you
In those who die. 

Fill my heart, Lord, 
So that I
May be more like you,
Christ, on high. 

 

References 

If we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness (1 John 1:9; NLT).

I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace (Romans 15:13; NLT).

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

Mourn with those who mourn (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 1:4; NIV).

My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me (Mark 14:34; NLT).  

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus (Philippians 2:5; NKJV).

 

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The miracle of life

Lord,

Thank you 
For the miracle of life:
You make us and sustain us
Day and night. 

You grant us breath and shelter, 
Water, food;
This Earth to cherish, 
Constantly renewed.

Your send your Son:
His teaching, flesh, and blood, 
To show us all 
Your deep, unfailing love.

You give us minds, 
So we can grow like Christ,
And hearts, so we can grasp 
His sacrifice

For us, and see, at last, 
What makes us whole:

One world, one human race,
One blood, one goal;

One peace, one truth, one love, 
One God, one soul.

 

References

He himself gives life and breath to everything (Acts 17:25; NLT). 

God so loved the world that he gave his only Son that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16; NIV).

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus (Philippians 2:5; NKJV).

This is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many (Matthew 26:28; NLT).

From one *blood he made all nations to inhabit the whole earth, and he allotted the times of their existence and the boundaries of the places where they would live, so that they would search for God and perhaps grope for him and find him – though indeed he is not far from each one of us. For ‘In him we live and move and have our being’ (Acts 17:26-8; NRSV; *using the alternative reading for ‘ancestor’, which is ‘blood’). 

The Lord is peace (Judges 6:24; NLT).

The Spirit is truth (1 John 5:6; NKJV).

God is love (1 John 4:16; NLT).

There is only one God (Mark 12:32; NLT).

God is Spirit (John 4:24; NLT). 

We all share the same Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:13; NLT).

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How I love you!

Father, my Creator, 
How I love you!
Help me as I worship you 
Today. 

Mary, my Protector, 
How I love you! 
Help me to thank God, 
Rejoice, and pray. 

Jesus, my Redeemer, 
How I love you!
Help me to serve in thought, 
And word, and deed. 

Spirit, my Companion,
How I love you!
Quicken my soul, Lord, 
Whispering, “Godspeed!”

 

References

Worship the Lord in the splendour of his holiness (Psalm 29:2; NLT).

Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; RSV).

Whoever wants to be first must take last place and be the servant of everyone else (Mark 9:35; NLT).

Quicken me in thy way (Romans 119:37; DBY).

Look forward to the day of God and speed its coming (2 Peter 3:12; NIV).

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I touch your Spirit

Lord God, 

I touch your Spirit
During prayer,
Passing my hands through bands 
Of star-strewn light.

The rest is darkness;
Nothingness; a void
From which your Word frames worlds
For your delight,

And carries home,
To reunite with you,
All things whose life-span 
In your hand is through. 

 

References 

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched – this we proclaim concerning the Word of life (1 John 1:1; NIV).

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters (Genesis 1:1-2; NLT). 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made (John 1:1-3; NIV). 

The worlds have been framed by the word of God  (Hebrews 11:3; ASV).

He will take delight in you with gladness (Zephaniah 3:17; NLT).

If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he will joyfully carry it home on his shoulders (Luke 15:4-5; NLT).

The dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; NIV).

My life span is gone, taken from me like a shepherd’s tent (Isaiah 38:12; NKJV).

The life of every living thing is in his hand (Job 12:10; NLT).

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast (Psalm 139:7-10; NIV). 

You have been born again, but not to a life that will quickly end. Your new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God (1 Peter 1:23; NLT).

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Yours and mine

The Father’s peace 
Is yours and mine,
And theirs, and ours –
Though all else fails.

The Father’s truth 
Is yours and mine,
And theirs, and ours –
For he prevails.

The Father’s light
Is yours and mine, 
And theirs, and ours –
It cannot cease.

The Father’s love
Is yours and mine,
And theirs, and ours –
May it increase!

 

References

The Lord is peace (Judges 6:24; NLT). 

The peace of God, that passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7; RSV).

The Spirit is truth (1 John 5:6; NKJV).

In your majesty, ride out to victory, defending truth (Psalm 45:4; NLT).

God is light (1 John 1:5; NLT). 

The light shines in the darkness and the darkness can never extinguish it (John 1:5; NLT). 

God is love (1 John 4:16; NLT).

May the Lord make your love increase (1 Thessalonians 3:12; NIV).

 

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Healing

It’s wonderful, Lord, 
When you heal our bodies,
Though we may fail to notice
You are there.

It’s overwhelming 
When you heal our minds, Lord,
Though we may take for granted
All your care. 

It’s awe-inspiring
When you heal our hearts, Lord,
Though we may brush aside 
The part you played.

But it’s so humbling
When you heal our souls, Lord, 
For then we have to face
The price you paid.

 

References 

He heals all your diseases (Psalm 103:3; CSB).

I am greatly displeased with the nations that take my grace for granted (Zechariah 1:15; NET).

He has sent me to comfort the broken-hearted (Isaiah 61:1; NLT).

We beg you not to accept this marvellous gift of God’s kindness and then ignore it (2 Corinthians 6:1; NLT).

He restores my soul (Psalm 23:3; NKJV).

He purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins (Ephesians 1:7; NLT).

 

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