Chant

Context: This simple chant of praise flowed spontaneously in the early morning a couple of days ago. It goes with a swing, and is the perfect blog for today, because my heart is overflowing with joy.

Some of you will know that I am currently facing up to my life-long, severe claustrophobia. Today, with my husband, I successfully tackled the busy, windowless lift in a major department store – one I never imagined myself using under any circumstances.

Then, for the first time in my whole life, I went in a lift on my own. Admittedly it was made of glass, but it was still a very significant achievement for me. In fact, I can hardly believe I’m even writing this, let alone that I did it!

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth
(Genesis 1:1; NLT). 

1. Yahweh fashions all there is,
Living, dying, rising –
Lord, I praise you.

2. Jesus comes to set me free,
Living, dying, rising –
Lord, I serve you.

3. Rucha* prays on my behalf,
Living, dying, rising –
Lord, I thank you.

4. I in you, and you in me,
Living, dying, rising –
Lord, I love you.

Nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us
from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord
(Romans 8:39; NLT).


References 

1. He himself gives life and breath to everything (Acts 17:25; NLT). 

2.  He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free [and] to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour (Luke 4:18-19; NIV). 

3. *Rucha means ‘spirit’ in Aramaic. It is a feminine noun (Wikibooks).

The Spirit, too, comes to help us in our weakness. For we don’t know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit expresses our plea with groanings too deep for words. And God, who knows everything in our hearts, knows perfectly well what the Spirit is saying, because her intercessions for God’s holy people are made according to the mind of God (Romans 8:26-7; TIV). 

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

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