Forgiveness

Father God,
You give us being –
Part of you
And part of earth.

Jesus Christ,
You come to save us –
Sharing with us
From our birth.

Holy Ghost,
You are our essence –
Guide us; teach us
How to live.

Three-in-One,
You are our Godhead –
Heal us, comfort,
And forgive.

References

The Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils; and man became a living person (Genesis 2:7; NLT).

He called you to salvation (2 Thessalonians 2:14; NLT).

We do not have a great high priest who is unable to empathise with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are (Hebrews 4:15; NLT).

He will give you another Advocate [Comforter, Encourager, Counsellor], who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth (John 14:16-17; NLT).

O God, you are my God (Psalm 63:1; NLT).

He comforts us in all our troubles (2 Corinthians 1:4; NLT).

He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases (Psalm 103:2; NLT).

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Full circle

Father,
You send us from heaven.

Christ,
You lead with staff and rod.

Holy Ghost,
You comfort us,

And bring us safely
Back to God.

References

I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1:5; NLT).

Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect me and comfort me (Psalm 23:4; NLT).

He will give you another Advocate [Comforter, Encourager, Counsellor], who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth (John 14:16-17; NLT).

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

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Fragile bones

Lord,
We’re nothing –
Fragile bones,
Into which you breathe
Your life.

Lord,
We’re nothing –
Foolish minds,
Into which you speak
Your truth.

Lord,
We’re nothing –
Selfish hearts,
Into which you spill
Your blood.

Lord,
We’re nothing –
Empty souls,
Into which you pour
Your love.

References

We ourselves are like fragile clay jars (2 Corinthians 4:7; NLT).

O God, you know how foolish I am (Psalm 69:5; NLT).

Turn my heart toward your statutes, not toward selfish gain (Psalms 119:36; HNV).

He awakes, and his soul is still empty (Isaiah 29:8; NKJV).

It is good

It is good to wait quietly for salvation from the Lord (Lamentations 3:26; NLT).

It is good to rest beside you, Lord,
In stillness;

Good to sit with you
In private prayer;

Good to stand before you, Lord,
In silence;

Good to walk in darkness –
You are there.

It is good to hold your hand, Lord,
When we suffer;

Good to be with you
Both day and night;

Good, Lord, to become
Your sacred temple –

One with you, absorbed into
Your light.

 

References

I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28; NIV).

Be still and know that I am God (Psalm 46:10; NIV).

When you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private (Matthew 6:6; NLT).

Stand in silence in the presence of the Sovereign Lord (Zephaniah 1:7; NLT).

Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect me and comfort me (Psalm 23:4; NLT).

I will take you by the hand and guard you (Isaiah 42:6; NLT).

She never left the temple but stayed there day and night, worshipping God with fasting and prayer (Luke 2:37; NLT).

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

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

God is light (1 John 1:5; NIV).

Damaged

Damaged
By life’s trials and sorrows,
Lord, you care about
Each scar.

Weeping
As we live in exile,
Lord, you help us
From afar.

Waiting
For your Son in silence,
Lord, you send
Your shining star.

Perfect
In our imperfection,
Lord, you love us
As we are.

References

I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows (John 16:33; NLT).

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

Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him (Matthew 2:2; NLT).

When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners (Romans 5:6; NLT).

Without you

Father,
Without you
I’m nothing –
Life is meaningless
And brief.

Jesus,
Without you
I’m broken –
Life is harsh
And full of grief.

Spirit,
Without you
I’m barren –
Life is only pain
And dread.

Mary,
Without you
I’m lonely –
Life is dark,
And love has fled.

References

I am nothing but dust and ashes (Genesis 18:27; NIV).

I came to hate life because everything done here under the sun is so meaningless (Ecclesiastes 2:17; NLT).

How frail is humanity! How short is life, how full of trouble! (Job 14:1; NLT).

Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows (John 16:33; NLT).

The godless are barren (Job 15:34; NLT).

Darkness is my closest friend (Psalm 88:18; NLT).

You are the earth

The Father and I are one (John 10:30; NLT).

You are the solid earth we stand on;
You are the blazing sun above.
You are the sea that rolls forever;
You are the wellspring of all love.

You are the friend we can rely on;
You are the one who shares our dread.
You are the teacher, and the shepherd;
You are the consecrated bread.

You are the source of living water;
You are the gardener, and the vine.
You are the the way, the truth, the life;
You are the eucharistic wine.

You are the Christ, the true Messiah;
You are the sacrificial Lamb.
You are the Son of Man, our Saviour;
You are our God, the great I AM.

References

God created everything through him (John 1:3; NLT).

God is love (1 John 4:16; NLT).

You are my friends (John 15:15; NLT).

Being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground (Luke 22:44; NIV).

You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you are right, because that’s what I am (John 13:13; NLT).

I am the good shepherd (John 10:14; NLT).

I am the living bread that came down from heaven (John 6:51; NLT).

Rivers of living water will flow from his heart (John 7:38; NLT).

I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener (John 15:1; NLT).

I am the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6; NLT).

He took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them and said, “Each of you drink from it, for this is my blood” (Matthew 26:27-8; NLT).

Jesus told her, “I AM the Messiah! (John 4:26; NLT).

Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed for us (1 Corinthians 5:7; NLT).

Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens to live in, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place even to lay his head” (Matthew 8:20; NLT).

The Father sent his Son to be the Saviour of the world (1John 4:4; NLT).

“My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed (John 20:28; NLT).

Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father (John 14:9; NLT).

“I AM he, Jesus said (John 18:8; NLT).

God replied to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM” (Exodus 3:14; NLT).