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Always say, ‘Thank you’

Always say, ‘Thank you’
To others,

And always say, ‘Thank you’
To God.

Always say, ‘Sorry’
To others,

And always say, ‘Sorry’
To God.

Always say, ‘Love you’
To others,

And always say, ‘Love you’
To God.

 

References 

Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God (Luke 20:25; NLT).

Thank him for all he has done (Philippians 4:6; NLT).

If you are presenting a sacrifice at the altar in the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you, leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person  (Matthew 5:23-4; NLT).

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.” And, “Love your neighbour as yourself” (Luke 10:27; NLT).

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Constant prayer

With many thanks to Peter Johnston
for his inspirational words. 

 

May I live in you
Through constant prayer:
Resting, waking, working, Lord,
With you.

May I live in you
Through constant prayer:
Listening, speaking, serving, Lord, 
With you.

May I live in you
Through constant prayer:
Trying, struggling, failing, Lord, 
With you. 

May I live in you
Through constant prayer:
Suffering, fretting, waiting, Lord,
With you.

May I live in you
Through constant prayer:
Forever reuniting, Lord, 
With you. 

 

References

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

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

Whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17; NIV).

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At harvest

At harvest, Lord,
You sift our thoughts, 
To separate the darnel
From the wheat,

Then burn our weeds
In your consuming fire,
But store the Spirit’s fruit 
Within your barn. 

At harvest, Lord, 
You probe our words,
To separate the cruel
From the kind,

Then burn our sins 
In your devouring fire,
But store the Spirit’s fruit 
Within your barn. 

At harvest, Lord, 
You judge our deeds,
To separate the evil
From the good,

Then burn our sins 
In your destroying fire,
But store the Spirit’s fruit 
Within your barn. 

 

References

NB Darnel means weeds.

Let both [weeds and wheat] grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn (Matthew 13:30; NIV).

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

From the heart come evil thoughts (Matthew 5:19; NLT). 

The mouth of the wicked overflows with evil words (Proverbs 15:28; NLT).

All your evil deeds will fall back on your own heads (Obadiah 1:15; NLT).

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

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We’re one

Lord,
You make us all to be like you:
You live in us, you’re part of us,
We’re one.

Lord,
May we respond to this great gift:
We live in you, we’re part of you,
We’re one.

Lord,
May we love everyone alive:
You live in us, you’re part of us,
We’re one.

Lord,
May we rejoice with all the world:
We live in you, we’re part of you,
We’re one.

 

References

Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our own image, to be like us” (Genesis 1:26; NLT).

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

I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one (John 17:22; NLT).

Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt that Jesus asked the question a third time. “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Then feed my sheep” (John 21:17; NLT).

Rejoice forever in my creation! (Isaiah 65:18; NLT).

I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one (John 17:22; NLT).

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A sinner’s prayer

 

Lord,
I am a sinner,
Not fit to touch your hem,
Yet you have come 
To heal my soul, 
Instead of to condemn. 

Lord,
I am a sinner,
Not fit to loose your shoe,
Yet you have come 
To make me whole, 
So I can be like you. 

Lord,
I am a sinner,
Not fit to kiss your feet,
Yet you have come
To rescue me,
And make my joy complete.

 

References

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

Suddenly, a woman […] touched them hem of his garment. For she said to herself, “If only I may touch his garment, I shall be made well (Matthew 9:20-21; NKJV).

One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose (Luke 3:16; NKJV).

From the time I first came in, she has not stopped kissing my feet (Luke 7:45; NLT).

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Grace before food, drink, or medication

I pray for those, Lord God,  
Who have sufficient.

I pray for those, Lord God, 
Whose means are small.

I pray for those, Lord God,
With very little;

And I pray for those 
With nothing, Lord, at all. 

 

References

He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me” (Luke 22:19; NLT). 

He took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them […] And he said to them, “This is my blood” (Mark 14:23-4; NLT).

 

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Abba, Father

Abba, Father, 
I love you;
And, to my amazement, 
You love me. 

Abba, Father,
I love you;
And, to my delight,
You set me free. 

Abba, Father,
I love you;
And, to my relief,
You heal my soul.

Abba, Father,
I love you;
And, to my great joy, 
You make me whole. 

 

References

Because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father” (Galatians 4:6; NLT).

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

I have paid the price to set you free (Isaiah 44:22; NLT).

He restores my soul (Psalm 23:3; NKJV).

He was beaten so we could be whole (Isaiah 53:5; NLT).

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