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Remember

Remember our Saviour;
Remember his birth.   

Remember his teaching;
Remember his worth. 

Remember his kindness;
Remember his truth.

Remember his wisdom;
Remember his youth.

Remember his anguish;
Remember his fear.

Remember his death –
And remember he’s here.

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References

She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them (Luke 2:7; NLT).

This is my Son, my Chosen One. Listen to him (Luke 9:35; NLT).

I am the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6; NLT).

He was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood (Luke 22:44; NLT).

Then the soldiers nailed him to the cross (Mark 15:24; NLT).

Christ lives within you (Romans 8:10; NLT).

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Instead of prayer

You guide me on your way,
Though I can’t touch you.
I simply know you help me 
Every day.

Beyond my death, Lord Jesus,
You are waiting
To fold me in your arms, 
Where I will stay.

 

You speak the truth to me, 
Though I can’t hear you.
Instead, I sense your voice
In silent prayer.

Beyond my death, Lord Jesus,
You are waiting.
We’ll talk; and I will know 
Your loving care.

 

You are my daily bread,
Though I can’t taste you.
I only know your words 
Are wise and true.   

Beyond my death, Lord Jesus,
You are waiting,  
And then, with joy,
I’ll feast my eyes on you.

 

You are my light each day,
Though I can’t see you;
I simply trust
That you are always there.

Beyond my death, Lord Jesus,
You are waiting,
Then I’ll gaze upon your face,
Instead of prayer.

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References

Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe (John 20:29; NIV).

I am the good shepherd (John 10:11; NLT).

I am the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6; NLT).

I am the living bread (John 6:51; NLT).

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

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

One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord (Psalm 27:4; NIV).

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Closer

You’re closer than my flesh, Lord,
Closer than my mind;

Closer than my heart, Lord,
Closer than my soul;

Closer than my strength, Lord,
Closer than my breath;

Closer than my life, Lord,  
Closer than my death.

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References 

The Lord is close to all who call on him (Psalm 145:18; NLT).

You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind (Luke 10:27; NLT).

The kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:21; NKJV).

Christ lives within you (Romans 8:10; NLT).

You have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you (1 John 2:27; NLT).

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

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Constant prayer

Lord,

May this be 
My constant, eager prayer,

With every breath,
And every step I take,

With every heartbeat,
For your dear Son’s sake:

Father, 
I return to you.
I love you.

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References

Pray constantly (1 Thessalonians 5:17; NIV).

This is my dearly loved Son (Mark 9:7; NLT).

Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved (Isaiah 30:15; NLT).

I love you, Lord (Psalm 18:1; NLT).

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What is brighter?

What is brighter
Than God’s light?

What is fiercer
Than his fire?

What is wiser
Than God’s truth?

What is slower
Than his ire?

What is gentler
Than God’s voice?

What is dearer 
Than his blood?

What is stronger
Than God’s peace?

What is deeper
Than his love?

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References

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). 

The Lord is slow to anger (Numbers 14:18; NLT).

After the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper (1 Kings 19:12; NLT).

This is my blood […] It is poured out as a sacrifice for many (Mark 14:24; NLT).

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

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

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Your only Son

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

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful (2 Timothy 4:7; (NLT).

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

God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life (John 3:16, NRSV).

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Lord,

When our time on earth 
Is done,

And, long or short,
Our race is run,

With all our battles lost
And won –

Then, we will see 
Your only Son.

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Life means losing

Enjoy prosperity while you can, but when hard times strike, realise that both come from God. Remember that nothing is certain in this life (Ecclesiastes 7:14; NLT).

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

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,

Life means losing,
Bit by bit, 

All we believe to be 
In our domain:

Love, possessions, health,
And independence –

All will be lost,
Till you, alone, remain.  

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