Dusty books

 

Lord,
You’re not found 
In dusty books,   
But in the world around us.

Lord,
You’re not found 
In ritual,  
But in silent contemplation.

Lord,
You’re not found 
In required beliefs,
But in everyone you mould.

Lord, 
You’re not found 
In church or shrine,
But in every living soul.

 

References

The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known (Psalm 19:1-2; NLT).

The people of Israel love their rituals of sacrifice, but to me their sacrifices are all meaningless (Hosea 8:13; NLT).

When you pray, don’t babble on and on (Matthew 6:7; NLT). 

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

The Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being (Genesis 2:7; NIV).

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

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

Dust

 

Lord,

You make us all from dust;
You know how weak we are.

You send us into exile here,
And watch us from afar.

 

Lord,

You make us all from dust;
To dust we all return.

Then our souls reunite with you,
The One for whom we yearn.

 

References

The Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground (Genesis 2:7; NLT).

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

My people will know that I am the Lord their God, because I sent them away to exile and brought them home again (Ezekiel 39:28; NLT).

The Lord looks down from heaven on all mankind (Psalm 14:2; NIV).

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

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

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

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

When I crave sympathy

 

Lord,
When I crave sympathy, 
Forgetting love is key,

You tell me straight
What I must do:

Take up your cross, 
Like me.

Lord,
When I am selfish,
And my heart is feeling numb, 

 You tell me straight
What I must do:

Now, leave your nets, 
And come.

Lord, 
When I’m ungrateful,
And forget you’ve set me free,

You tell me straight
What I must do:

Leave all, 
And follow me.

 

References 

Then [Jesus] said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me” (Luke 9:23; NLT).

Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” And they left their nets at once and followed him Mark 1:17-18; NLT).

As Jesus left the town, he saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him (Luke 5:27; NLT).

You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free (John 8:32; NLT).

I return to you

 

Father,
I return to you;
I love you.

Lord,
You run to welcome me;
You love me.

Lord,
You take me in your arms;
You love me. 

Lord,
You kiss and hold me tight;
You love me.

 

Father,
You forgive my sins;
You love me.

Lord,
You heal me through and through;  
You love me.

Lord,
You crown me with your grace;
You love me.

Lord,
I am in paradise: 
You love me.

 

References

“Return to me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord Almighty (Malachi 3:7; NIV).

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

Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him (Luke 15:20; NLT).

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

He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and  crowns me with love and tender mercies (Psalm 103:3-4; NLT).

He gives us grace and glory (Psalm 84:11; NLT).

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

Jesus replied, “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43; NLT).

When we suffer

 

Father,

When we suffer 
You suffer with us, too.

May we recognise 
Your presence,

Feel your love, 
And turn to you.

 

References

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

Surely the Lord is in this place, and I wasn’t even aware of it! (Genesis 28:16; NLT).

Though I walk in the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me (Psalm 23:4; KJV).

Let us turn back to the Lord (Lamentations 3:40; NLT).

I know nothing

 

I know nothing of you, Lord,
Except that you are light;

Please shine upon me every day, 
So I can see your might.

I know nothing of you, Lord,
Except that you are fire;

Consume my sins incessantly,
But shield me from your ire.

I know nothing of you, Lord,
Except that you are peace;

Comfort me in all my woes,
Until my life must cease. 

I know nothing of you, Lord,
Except that you are grace;

Forgive and save me, Father God,
So I may see your face.

 

References 

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

God is light (1 John 1:5; NIV). 

I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power (Ephesians 1:19; NLT).

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

The Lord your God is a jealous God and his anger will burn against you (Deuteronomy 6:15; NIV).

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

He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others (2 Corinthians 1:4, NLT).

God saved you by his grace when you believed (Ephesians 2:8; NLT).

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

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.

 

References

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

This is my dearly loved Son (Matthew 3:17; NLT).

The spirit returns to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; NIV).

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