Silence falls

 

Then silence falls
As we draw near

To see your face,
So bright, so dear,

And hear your voice,
So still, so small,  

And grasp how much 
You love us all. 

 

References

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

Come near to God and he will come near to you (James 4:8; NIV).

We all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image (2 Colossians 3:18; NIV).

God shines in glorious radiance (Psalm 50:2; NLT).

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

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

After the fire [came] a still small voice (1 Kings 19:12; NKJV).

May you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is (Ephesians 3:18; NLT).

Thank you

 

Lord,

Thank you for each truth you taught,
Each step you took,
Each gift you brought.

Thank you for each word you spoke,
Each healing touch,
Each rule you broke.

Thank you for each sign you gave,
Each tale you told,
Each soul you saved.

Thank you for each act of love,
Each wound received,
Each drop of blood.

 

References

The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:14; NKJV).

My words will never disappear (Luke 21:33; NLT).

They laid them before Jesus, and he healed them all (Matthew 15:30; NLT).

The Son of Man is Lord, even over the Sabbath (Luke 6:5; NLT).

This miraculous sign at Cana in Galilee was the first time Jesus revealed his glory (John 2:11; NLT).

He taught them by telling many stories in the form of parables (Mark 4:2; NLT).

When Jesus saw his mother standing there [near the cross] beside the disciple he loved, he said to her, “Dear woman, here is your son.”  And he said to this disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from then on this disciple took her into his home (John 19:26-7; NLT).

He ordered Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip, then turned him over to the Roman Soldiers to be crucified (Mark 15:15; NLT).

This is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many (Matthew 26:28; NLT).

The only part

The only part of me that’s right
Is God, 
Who dwells within.

The only part of me that’s light
Is God, 
Who dwells within. 

The only part of me that’s good
Is God, 
Who dwells within.

The only part of me that’s love
Is God, 
Who dwells within. 

The only part of me that’s true
Is God, 
Who dwells within –

For I am part of you, Lord God,
The One 
Who dwells within.

References 

The Lord is right (Lamentations 1:18; NLT).

God is light (1 John 1:5; NIV). 

“Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked. “Only God is truly good” (Mark 10:18; NLT).

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

Every word of God proves true (Proverbs 30:5; NLT).

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

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).

Love is not finite

Love is not finite, Lord,
It grows!

It multiplies, spills over,
Flows 

From you to us, 
From us to all,

For you are great,
Though we are small;

From us to neighbour,
Stranger, foe,

No matter where we live,
Or go;

Till, like your Son, 
We burn with love –

At one with you,
In heaven above.

References

The Kingdom of God […] is like a mustard seed planted in the ground. It is the smallest of all seeds, but it becomes the largest of all garden plants; it grows long branches, and birds can make nests in its shade (Mark 4:30—32; NLT).

Love your neighbour as yourself (Mark 12:31; NLT).

Love the stranger (Deuteronomy 10:19; NKJV).

Love your enemies! (Matthew 5:44; NLT).

Love flashes like fire, the brightest kind of flame (Song of Songs 8:6; NLT).

I have come to set the world on fire (Luke 12:49; NLT).

He will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and with fire (Matthew 3:11; NLT).

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

Anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love (1 John 4:8; NLT). 

You wake with us

 

You wake with us each morning,
And join us when we pray.  
You go with us into the world,
And serve with us each day. 

You laugh with us in good times, 
And sigh when we are lame.
You bow your head when we have sinned, 
And burn with us, in shame.

You sit with us in darkness,
And watch with us at night.
You suffer when we’re full of dread,
And wait with us for light. 

You stay with us in danger,
And shed tears when we weep.
You share our pain when we despair,
And mourn with us in grief.

You comfort us in sickness, 
And help us face death’s rod;
Then walk with us through heaven’s gate –
And gaze with us on God.

 

References

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

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me (Psalm 23:4; KJV). 

Enter his gates with thanksgiving (Psalm 100:4; NLT).

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

We all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image (2 Colossians 3:18; NIV).

One thing I ask of 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 and to seek him in his temple (Psalm 27:4; NIV).

To breathe is to pray

 

To breathe is to pray.
To pray is to live.

To live is to love.
To love is to give.

To give is to grow.
To grow is to serve.

To serve is to die.
To die is to merge. 

 

References

I will pray as long as I have breath (Psalm 116:2; NLT).

Never stop praying (1 Thessalonians 5:17; NLT).

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

The godly love to give (Proverb 21:26: (NLT).

Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ (Ephesians 5:2; NLT).

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

We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters (1 John 3:16; NLT).

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

The person who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him (1 Corinthians 6:17; NLT