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You are a light

I am the light of the world (John 8:12; NLT).

She […] laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn (Luke 2:7; NLT).

After the fire a still small voice (1 Kings 19:12; KJV).

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? (Mark 15:34; NLT).

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Lord,

You are a light,
A dove in flight,
A crown of gold;

A squalid byre,
A tongue of fire,
A love untold;

A still, small voice,
A daily choice,
A healing breath;

A cry of pain,
A Saviour slain,
A bitter death.

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Be merciful

The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving (Daniel 9:9; NLT).

I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins (Jeremiah 31:34; NLT).

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me (Psalm 23:4; KJV).

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

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Lord,

Be merciful and kind
Towards my mother;

Forgive her sins,
Forgetting all that’s past.

Don’t let her suffer
Any pain or terror;

And bring her
To your kingdom, Lord,

At last.

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Hidden anger

Do not let the sun go down on your wrath (Ephesians 4:26; NKJV).

Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us (Luke 11:4; NLT).

We will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ (Ephesians 4:15; NLT).

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Lord,

I acknowledge,
Here and now
Before you,

My hidden anger,
Hate,
And bitterness;

The hurt and harm
I’ve done
To other people;

And the conflicts
That have left me
Scarred for life.

Forgive and heal me,
Gentle Lord,
I pray,

And help me learn
To speak the truth
In love.

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When you look

Keep on seeking, and you will find (Matthew 7:7; NLT).

Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us (Colossians 3:11; NLT).

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

For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face (1 Corinthians 13:12; NRSV).

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When you look
Into an infant’s face,
See Jesus;

When you look
Into a neighbour’s face,
See Christ.

When you look
Into a workmate’s face,
See Jesus;

When you look
Into a stranger’s face,
See Christ.

When you look
Into a rival’s face,
See Jesus;

When you look
Into a mirror, friend,
See Christ.

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I can love you

Lord,

I can love you
Only to the extent
That I love others;

And I can love others
Only to the extent
That I love you.

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You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength (Mark 12:30; NLT).

Love your neighbour as yourself (Mark 12:31; NLT).

Love ye therefore the stranger (Deuteronomy 10:19; KJV).

You, too, must show love to foreigners (Deuteronomy 10:19; NLT).

Love your enemies (Matthew 5:44; NLT).

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Gold, frankincense and myrrh

Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh (Matthew 2:11; NLT).

Very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared (Luke 24:1; NLT).

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Lord,
You are our gold,
Our pearl beyond all price;

Our frankincense,
Our offering,
Our life;

Our myrrh,
Our suffering and death,
Our precious spice.

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Our wasteland

Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer (Luke 5:16; NLT).

I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty (John 6:35; NLT).

Each one will be like […] streams of water in the desert (Isaiah 32:2; NLT).

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

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Out of our wasteland
Comes worship.

Out of our famine
Comes food.

Out of our desert
Comes water.

Out of our solitude,
Love.

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