You share our earthly life


You share
Our earthly life,

With all its richness, 
And pain.

Please help us 
As we wander here 
In exile, and in strife;

Please help us, Lord,
Till we see you 



In this world we are like Jesus (1John 4:17; NIV).

Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross (Philippians 2:6-8; NLT).

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

Here in exile my heart is breaking (Psalm 42:6; GNT).

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

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

We will see him as he really is (1 John 3:2; NLT).

Wrestling with God


May we wrestle with you, Father,
In our darkness,  

Rather than just longing 
For your light. 



So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak […] Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome” (Genesis 32:24;28; NIV).  

If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine (Matthew 26:39; NLT).

Darkness is my closest friend (Psalm 88:18; NLT).

Spiritual growth



There is no spiritual growth
Unless we’re honest, Lord.

Prayer is worth nothing 
If our words aren’t true. 

Facing and sharing 
Our shadow self 
Is vital.

May we never feign
Our ideal self
With you.



Lord, you are searching for honesty (Jeremiah 5:3; NLT).

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

God, have mercy on me, a sinner (Luke 18:13; NLT).

You know my thoughts (Psalm 139:2; NLT).

You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence (Matthew 23:25; NIV).

I don’t expect a dream


I don’t expect a dream,
Or revelation.

I don’t expect a vision,
Or a dove.

I don’t expect a miracle 
Of healing –

It’s enough for me to dwell, Lord, 
In your love.



I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever (Psalm 23:6; KJV).

He loves us with unfailing love (Psalm 117:2; NLT).

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

When I feel lonely


When I feel lonely
And depression fills my mind,

I hear the words
You said on earth:

Seek God,
And you will find.

When I’ve offended you, 
And sorrow fills my heart,

I hear the words
You said on earth:

Turn back
For a fresh start. 

When I reach paradise,
And you receive my soul,

I’ll hear the words
You said on earth:

Your faith
Has made you whole.



Keep on seeking and you will find (Luke 11:9; NLT). 

Turn from your wicked ways and start doing things right (Jeremiah 35:15; NLT).

Your faith has made you well (Luke 8:48; NLT).

This church



May this church
Not crush my faith;

May its members 
Not reject me.

May its powerful priests
Not put me down;

And may your love
Protect me.



He will not crush the weakest reed or put out a flickering candle (Isaiah 42:3; NLT). 

Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples (John 13:35; NLT).

He knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust (Psalm 103:14; NLT).

God’s loyal love protects me all day long (Psalm 52:1; NET).

Our bodies come from dust


Our bodies come from dust, Lord God;
To dust they will return.

Our minds reach out to Christ, your Son,
The One from whom we learn.

Our hearts receive your Spirit, Lord, 
The One so many spurn,

But our souls are part of you, Lord God,
The One for whom we yearn.

Our souls are part of you, Lord –
And to you they will return. 



You were made from dust, and to dust you will return (Genesis 3:19; NLT).

Simon Peter replied, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words that give eternal life” (John 6:68; NLT).

I will send you the Advocate – the Spirit of truth (John 15:26; NLT).

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

I yearn for the Lord, more than watchmen do for the morning (Psalm 130:6; NET).

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