Always new-born in the stable;
Always safe on Mary’s knee;
Always playing and rejoicing,
Always, Lord, alive and free.
Always, Christ-child, in the temple,
Talking there with everyone;
Always rising from the river:
This is my beloved Son.
Always shining and transfigured;
Always changing those you meet;
Always saving and forgiving,
Ready to wash others’ feet.
Always calling: Come and follow;
Always teaching: Take your cross;
Always healing and restoring,
Helping those distressed by loss.
Always sharing our temptations;
Always here to calm each storm;
Always angry, always weeping,
Always breaking every norm.
Always pleading in the garden;
Always suffering, in pain;
Always dying, always rising,
Always coming, Lord, to reign.
Always living in our hearts, Lord;
Always pouring out your love;
Always caring, giving, serving —
Lord, you are our flesh and blood.
She gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped him in swaddling-cloths, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn (Luke 2:6-7; RSV).
They found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions (Luke 2:46; ESV).
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).
Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me” (Mark 1:17; NLT).
Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil (Luke 4:1-2; NIV).
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).
Christ lives within you (Romans 8:10; NLT).
This is my body given for you (Luke 22:19; NIV).
This is my blood (Matthew 27:28; NIV).
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