Body and soul

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

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

Whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17; NIV).


When the fragile bond
Between my body and soul
Is broken,
You and I will be truly one
At last,
United in your love
For evermore.


Thy will be done

Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows (John 16:33; NLT).

Though the Lord gave you adversity for food and suffering for drink, he will still be with you to teach you (Isaiah 30:20; NLT).

The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised (Job 1:21; NIV).

Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble? (Job 2:10; NIV).

Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine (Luke 22:42; NLT).

Patient endurance is what you need now (Hebrews 10:36; NLT).

Thy will be done (Matthew 6:10; KJV).


Lord God,
When life brings suffering
And loss,
Please help us to accept
And to endure –
Thy will be done.

Lord God,
When death brings suffering
And loss,
Please help us to accept
And to endure –
Thy will be done.

Male and female

Know that the Lord is God. It is he that made us, and we are his (Psalm 100:3; NRSV).

God created mankind in his own image, […] male and female he created them (Genesis 1:27; NLT).

There is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28; NKJV).

The Lord our God, the Lord is One (Mark 12:29; HCSB).


Almighty God,
You make us all
In your own image,
For you unite
And far transcend
Both male and female
In your glorious Oneness.


Here you are

God is light (1 John 1:5; NIV).

God shines in glorious radiance (Psalm 50:2; NLT).

Clouds and thick darkness surround him (Psalm 97:2; NIV).

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

They will cover their mouths in silent awe (Micah 7:16; NLT).


Here you are,
Lord God –


Shining through
The dark clouds
All around you,

As I worship you
In silence,
And in awe.


You’re with me

I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1:5; NLT).

They have stumbled off the ancient highways (Jeremiah 18:15; 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).

Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43; NIV).


You’re with me, Lord,
From long before
My birth.

You’re with me
As I seek
My path through life.

You’re with me
When the ancient way
Seems dark.

You’re with me
As I reach
The point of death.

And you’re with me
For all time,
In paradise.



Unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God (John 3:3; NLT).

Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them (1 John 4:16; NIV).

Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43; NIV).


We can choose
Each day
To be reborn
With you;

To live in you,
To love you,
And rejoice
In you;

To suffer with you,
Die with you,
And dwell in paradise
With you.

Or, Lord,
We can choose
To spend each day
Without you.

One God

Do we not all have one Father? Did not one God create us? (Malachi 2:10; NIV).

There is […] one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all (Ephesians 4:4-6; NIV).

The highest heavens and the earth and everything in it all belong to the Lord your God (Deuteronomy 10:14; NLT).


Although we call on you
By different names,

And though we worship you
In different ways,

And though we see you
Partially, and differently,

You are the one and only

And all of us
Belong to you alone.