I ask you in

 

I love you, Lord,
And ask you in;
May my flesh be
Your breathing-space.

I love you, Lord,
And ask you in;
My mind, your earthly
Dwelling-place.

I love you, Lord,
And ask you in;
My heart, a home
Where you may rest.

I love you, Lord,
And ask you in;
My soul, your temple,
You, my guest.

 

References

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

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me (Revelation 3:20; NIV).

We have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16; NLT).

Jesus replied, “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them” (John 14:23; NLT).

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

When Jesus came by, he looked up at Zacchaeus and called him by name. “Zacchaeus!” he said. “Quick, come down! I must be a guest in your home today” (Luke 19:5; NLT).

How did you hold back?

 

Father,

How did you hold back
As Christ was whipped and mocked?
How did you contain your wrath
Towards the crowds who flocked?

How did you prepare to watch
Your Son’s last sacrifice?
How did you stay silent
When the soldiers threw their dice?

How did you endure it
When they nailed him to the cross?
How did you bear up, Lord,
As you shared his pain and loss?

How did you contain your grief
As he paid for our sin?
How did you forgive all those
Who scoffed, and taunted him?

How did you respond
When Jesus took his final breath?
You opened wide your arms, Lord,
And received his soul, in death.

 

References

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

The mob roared even louder, “Crucify him!” (Matthew 27:23; NLT).

The solderers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice (Matthew 27:35; NLT).

Then the soldiers nailed him to the cross (Mark 15:24; NLT).

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

He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that made us whole, and with his stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5; RSV).

“He saved others,” they scoffed, “but he can’t save himself! (Matthew 27:42; NLT).

Then Jesus shouted, “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!” And with those words he breathed his last (Luke 23:46; NLT).

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

Spring flowers

 

Golden gorse, you gladly sing
To greet the birth of Christ our King.

Drifts of bluebells softly say:
Remember Mary every day.

Snow-white hawthorn tells us of
Transfiguration by God’s love.

Blackthorn gives a warning cry:
Jesus lives, yet he must die.

Swaying palms, you shout with loud
Hosannas, like the joyful crowd.

A tree is felled, to make the cross
On which Christ’s life-blood will be lost.

Fragile primrose whispers: pain
And death; but he will rise again.

Easter lily, awed and hushed:
He lives in me. It is enough.

 

References

The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen (Luke 2:20; NLT).

Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word (Luke 1:38; KJV).

There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light (Matthew 17:2; NIV).

This is my dearly loved Son. Listen to him! (Mark 9:7; NLT).

The Son of Man must die, as the scriptures declared long ago (Matthew 26:24; NLT).

The next day a great crowd who had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying, “Hosanna!” (John 12:12-13; RSV).

Then the soldiers nailed him to the cross (Mark 15:24; NLT).

Remember what he told you back in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be betrayed into the hands of sinful men and be crucified, and that he would rise again on the third day (Luke 24:7; NLT).

Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us (Colossians 3:11; NLT).

Will I rise again?

 

Father,

Will I rise again,
Like Jesus?

Will I live again,
Just like your Son?

Will I walk and talk,
And make new friendships?

Will I work and play
Till day is done?

Touch me with your Spirit, Lord,
And heal me;

Give me life again
Abundantly.

Then I need not wait
Till after death, Lord,

But serve your kingdom here,
Restored, and free.

 

References

Christ died and rose again (Romans 14:9; NLT).

Those who die in the Lord will live; their bodies will rise again! Isaiah 26:19; NLT).

They begged him to touch the man and heal him (Mark 8:22; NLT).

I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly (John 10:10; NRSV).

Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only (Luke 4:8; NIV).

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

Those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint (Isaiah 40:31; NLT).

In my distress I prayed to the Lord, and the Lord answered me and set me free (Psalm 118:5; NLT).

 

When I rest

 

When I rest,
You rest beside me,
Watching over me
In sleep.

When I walk,
You walk beside me,
Helping where the path
Is steep.

When I sit,
You sit beside me,
Teaching me
The way ahead.

When I fear,
You stay beside me,
Sharing all my tears
And dread.

When I stray
You stray beside me,
Guarding me with staff
And rod.

When I pray,
You pray beside me,
Lifting up my heart
To God.

 

References

He who watches over you will not slumber (Psalm 121:3; NIV).

As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them (Luke 24:15; NIV).

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

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

Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me (Psalm 23:4; NLT).

The Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words (Romans 8:26; RSV).

Giving up

 

Father God,
I feel like giving up;

Turning my face to the wall,
And giving up.

Yet with your help, Lord,
I can scale this wall,

And stand up to a multitude
Of fears;

For with you
There is strength, Lord God,
And healing;

But without you
Only hopelessness,
And tears.

 

References

So I gave up in despair (Ecclesiasticus 2:20; NLT).

When Hezekiah heard this, he turned his face to the wall (2 Kings 20:2; NLT).

With your help I can advance against a troop, with my God I can scale a wall (2 Samuel 22:30; NIV).

The Lord God is my strength (Isaiah 12:2; NLT).

He heals the brokenhearted (Psalm 147:3; NLT).

You lived in this world without God and without hope (Ephesians 2:12; NLT).

Day and night I have only tears for food (Psalm 42:3; NLT).

May I wake

 

Lord,
May I wake with a prayer on my lips,
And rise with a prayer in my mind,
For you are the giver of faith, hope, and love,
My Father, eternally kind.

Lord,
May I live with a prayer on my lips,
And work with a prayer in my heart,
For you are my fortress, my strength, and my rock,
And so we are never apart.

Lord,
May I serve with a prayer on my lips,
And rest with a prayer in my soul,
For you are the giver of infinite life,
And your sacrifice, Lord, makes me whole.

 

References

How kind the Lord is! (Psalm 116:4; NLT)

Three things will last forever — faith, hope and love — and the greatest of these is love (1 Corinthians 13:13; NLT).

The Lord is my rock, my fortress (2 Samuel 22:2; NLT).

The Lord is my strength (Exodus 15:2; NLT).

The Lord is always with me (Psalm 16:8; NLT).

The free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23; NLT).

Upon him was the punishment that made us whole (Isaiah 53:5; NRSV).