Your light dazzles me

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

God is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; NIV).

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

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

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

God is Spirit (John 4:24; NLT).

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Lord God,

Your light
Dazzles me;

Your fire
Scorches me;

Your truth
Humbles me;

Your love
Comforts me;

Your peace
Restores me;

And your Spirit
Strengthens me.

Silent awe

The whole earth is full of his glory (Isaiah 6:3; NIV).

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

“My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed (John 20:28; NLT).

I will worship at your Temple with deepest awe (Psalm 5:7; NLT).

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

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Lord,

When I am deep
In contemplation,

My inner darkness
Opens, to reveal

Your glory, in all things,
Including me.

Then I worship you,
My God,

In silent awe.

Love

Love […] bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things (1 Corinthians 13:4,7; NET).

Three things will last forever – faith, hope, and love – and the greatest of these is love (1 Corinthians 13:13; NLT).

Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do (Luke 23:34; KJV).

When they came to a place called The Skull, they nailed him to the cross (Luke 23:33; NLT).

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Lord,

There is no force
As strong as love,

For love alone
Enabled you to say:

Father, forgive them,
For they know not what they do,

As you were
Crucified.

Let’s get this absolutely straight

Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others (Colossians 3:13; NLT).

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34; NLT).

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

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

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Lord,

Let’s get this
Absolutely straight –

Whenever someone hurts,
Upsets, or angers me,

I must speak the truth to them
With love,

Forgive them, and repair
Our damaged friendship.

Equality of voice

There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28; NIV).

Native-born Israelites and foreigners are equal before the Lord (Numbers 15:15; NLT).

All of you are equal as brothers and sisters (Matthew 23:8; NLT).

[Your wife] is your equal partner in God’s gift of new life (1 Peter 3:7; NLT).

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Equality of voice
Is so important, Lord,
Please help us
Work towards it
With a will.

Everything I need

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6; NLT).

Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life” John 6:35; NIV).

Jesus said, “Come to me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28; NLT).

You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and your are right, because that’s what I am (John13:13; NLT).

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 Jesus,
You are everything
I need:

My birth,
My life,
My heart-beat,
And my breath;

My bread,
My meat,
My shelter,
And my rest;

My way,
My guide,
My teacher,
And my friend;

My help,
My hope,
My comfort
At life’s end.

Our pearl beyond price

Lord,

You’re our pearl
Beyond price;

Our truth
And our life;

Our Saviour,
Our Christ;

Alone,
You suffice.

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“My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed (John 20:28; NLT).

The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking out for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it! (Matthew 13:45-6; NIV).

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6; NLT).

I am the Lord, and there is no other Saviour (Isaiah 43:11; NLT).

Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has become a child of God (1 John 5:1; NLT).

My grace is sufficient for you (2 Corinthians 12:19; NIV).

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One flesh

They shall become one flesh (Genesis 2:24; KJV).

We have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16; NLT).

I will give them one heart (Jeremiah 32:39; NLT).

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

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Lord,
May we be

One flesh
With you,

One mind
With you,

One heart
With you,

And one soul
With you –

Now,
And for evermore,

Amen.

Your living shrine

Make me like one of your hired hands (Luke 15:19; NIV).

Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all (Mark 9:35; NIV).

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

You are the temple of the living God (2 Corinthians 6:16; NLT).

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Lord,

Make me your willing slave,
For evermore.

Make me your hired hand,
For evermore.

Make me your loving child,
For evermore.

Make me your faithful spouse,
For evermore.

Make me a part of you,
For evermore.

Make me at one with you,
For evermore.

Make me your living shrine,
For evermore.

Neither black nor white

He is not human (numbers 23:19; NLT).

Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our own image, to be like us” (Genesis 1:26; NLT).

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine” (Isaiah 55:8; NLT).

No one has ever seen God (John 1:18; NLT).

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

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Lord God,

You’re neither black nor white,
Nor male, nor female,

In fact, you are not human, Lord,
At all;

And though you make us mortals
In your image,

It’s clear that in some ways
We’re not like you.

You don’t belong
To any known religion,

And none of us
Has ever seen your face;

We only know you’re light,
And peace, and fire;

We only know that you are love,
And grace.