Draw me ever closer

 

Lord,
Draw me ever closer 
To your mind, 
So I may share your love 
For humankind.

Lord,
Draw me ever closer
To your heart, 
So you and I may never 
Be apart.

Lord, 
Draw me ever closer
To your soul,
So I may lose my self, 
And reach my goal.

(With many thanks to E.M.)

 

References

God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16; NLT).

The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love (Galatians 5:6; NIV).

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

I am convinced that neither death nor life […] nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38-9; NIV).

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

I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:14; NIV).

I’m in your presence

 

Lord,

I’m in your presence
Day and night,

Living in your darkness,
And your light.

I’m dwelling in your love,
And you in mine,

So, Lord, we are one, 
Beyond all time. 

 

References

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

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

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

In him we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28; NIV).

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

God is light (1 John 1:5; NLT). 

God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them (1 John 4:16; NLT).

I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one – as you are in me, Father, and I am in you (John 17:21; NLT). 

For you, a thousand years are as a passing day, as brief as a few night hours (Psalm 90:4; NLT).

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

A single, flimsy thread

 

A single, flimsy thread of faith
Will guide us through our sorrows, 
Back to you;

A single, fragile strand of hope
Will lead us through our wastelands,
Back to you;

A single, fraying filament of love
Will bring us through our dying, 
Back to you;

For these weak fibres form a threefold cord, 
Which binds us to your heart forever, Lord.

 

References

Three things will last forever – faith, hope and love (1 Corinthians 13:13; NLT.

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

I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her there (Hosea 2:14; 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).

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

A cord of three strands is not quickly broken (Ecclesiastes 4:12; NIV).

He will carry the lambs in his arms, holding them close to his heart (Isaiah 40:11; NLT).

Pain

 

Lord, I’ve got a migraine, yet again…

Pain for the sake of pain
Can seem so pointless,

Yet illness may be borne
In different ways:

With anger, deep resentment,
Or self-pity;

With patience, peace, acceptance –
Even praise.

So, may I suffer willingly, 
As you did, 

For sickness 
Is a sacred invitation

To bear my cross
While pleading, Lord, for others,

And pray for them,
While sharing in their pain. 

 

References 

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

My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9; NLT).

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-3; NRSV).

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).

Take up your cross daily, and follow me (Luke 9:23; NLT).

 

Miracles of healing

 

Bring miracles of healing
From this cancer,

Not for myself, 
But those I’ve hurt, dear Lord; 

So when I say, “My fault”,
They will forgive me, 

And we’ll be reconciled, 
Our love restored. 

 

References

God publicly endorsed Jesus the Nazarene by doing powerful miracles, wonders, and signs through him (Acts 2:22; NLT).

If you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift (Matthew 5:23-4; NIV).

Everlasting light

 

Holy Spirit,
Fill us,

Dwell in us, 
And help us;

Guide us to Christ’s truth, 
His way, his life.

Holy Spirit,
Comfort us,

Counsel us;
Encourage us;

Lead us to God’s 
Everlasting light.

 

References 

Be filled the Holy Spirit (Luke 10:21; NLT).

Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16; NKJV).

The Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness (Romans 8:26; NLT).

When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth (John 16:13; NLT).

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

He will give you another Advocate [Comforter, Encourager, Counsellor], who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth (John 14:16-17; NLT). 

The Lord your God will be your everlasting light (Isaiah 60:19; NLT).

You shine

 

You shine with a light 
No human eye can bear.

You speak with a voice
No human ear can hear.

You love with a depth
No human heart can share.  

You are the God
All human souls should fear. 

 

References

He lives in light so brilliant that no human can approach him. No human eye has ever seen him, nor ever will (1 Timothy 6:16; NLT).

God speaks again and again, though people do not recognise it (Job 33:14; NLT).

God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16; NLT).

Fear God, who has the power to kill you and then throw you into hell. Yes, he’s the one to fear (Luke 12:5; NLT).