Give and take (#2 of 2)


You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realise that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.
(Revelation 3:17; NIV).

1. Slowly, Lord, I grasp
That I am nothing:

Only then
Can I be one
With You.

2. I give up what I “have”, Lord,
As you take it:

Only then
Can I be one
With You.

3. There’s less of me each day
As I go on, Lord:

Only then
Can I be one
With You.

4. This is my prayer:
Take everything away, Lord,

For only then
Can I be one
With You.

🖤

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

 


References 

1. I am nothing (Job 40:4; NLT).

2. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with him (Philippians 3:8; NLT).

Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will leave this life. The Lord gives, and the Lord takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord (Job 1:21; CSB). 

3. He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less (John 3:30; NLT).

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

4. My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done (Matthew 26:42; NIV).

If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it (Matthew 10:39; NLT).

 


 

Give and take (#1 of 2)

Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
and naked I will leave this life.
The Lord gives and the Lord takes away.
Blessed be the name of the Lord.
(Job 1:21; CSB).

God gives us everything we have:
Kin, and friends, and neighbours.

He gives us everything we have:
All we regard as “mine”.

He gives us everything we have:
Health, and strength, and senses.

He gives us everything we have:
Flesh, mind, heart, soul; time.

God gives us everything we have:
Faith, and hope, and courage.

He gives us everything we have:
Think about this, and pray,

For we must prepare
To surrender each gift,

As Almighty God
Takes them away.

🖤

Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” (Matthew 26:39; NIV).

He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”
(Matthew 26:42; NIV).

 


Praying for others

Never stop praying, especially for others.
(Ephesians 6:18; CEV). 

Lord,

Bless those who follow you today,
And those who don’t;

Those who talk with you,    
And those who won’t;

All those trying to serve,
And those who aren’t;

Those who glimpse your light,
And those who can’t.

🖤

I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them.
(1 Timothy 2:1; NLT). 

 


Bear fruit

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

Lord,
May my doubting
Wither, and decay;

But, may my faith in you
Gain strength each day.

Lord,
May my anguish
Fade, and die away;

But, may my hope in you
Increase each day.

Lord,
May my sins
Reduce, and cease, I pray;

But, may my love for you
Bear fruit each day.

🖤

I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing (John 15:5; NIV). 

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

 


Christmas Day 2021

The star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were filled with joy (Matthew 2:9-10; NLT).

Keep following Christ’s shining star,
Rejoicing in his precious birth.

Keep thanking God for our great gift:
His Son, sent down to live on earth.

Keep walking in Christ’s humble steps,
Delighting in his narrow way.

Keep serving him the best you can:
Then you will be like him, one day.

✝️

 We will be like him (1 John 3:2; NLT).

 


Christ’s birth

God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
(John 3:16; NLT).

Thank you, Lord, for loving us,
And giving us your only Son,

So we can believe in him
And follow him on earth.

Then we will not perish, Lord,
For he will lead us back to you:

Reunited, evermore –
Lord, thank you for Christ’s birth. 

🖤

The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God (Luke 1:35; KJV). 

She gave birth to her first child, a son.
(Luke 2:7; NLT).

 


When you come

Your own ears will hear him.
(Isaiah 30:21; NLT).

Jesus,
May I sense your presence
When you come to set me free.

Jesus,
May I hear your voice,
Responding when you speak to me.

Jesus,
May I know your touch,
And revel in your warm embrace.

Jesus,
May I recognise you,
When, at last, I see your face.

🖤

Suddenly, their eyes were opened, and they recognised him.
(Luke 24:31; NLT).

 


You already know

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

Lord,

1. As I talk with you each day,
I’m only telling you
Things you already know.

2. And, though you hear each word I say,
You also perceive my hidden thoughts,
And how I really feel.

3. So, may I be honest when I pray:
Speaking the truth in love,
Just like your Son.

✝️

We will speak the truth in love,
growing in every way more and more like Christ.
(Ephesians 4:15; NLT).


References

1. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely (Psalm 139:4; NIV).

2. You, Lord, know my folly; my guilt is not hidden from you (Psalm 69:5; NIV).

The Lord looks at the heart (1 Samuel 16:7; NIV).

God is greater than our feelings, and he knows everything (1 John 3:20; NLT).

3. You desire honesty from the womb (Psalm 51:6; NLT).

 


 

God of silence

O God, do not be silent!
(Psalm 83:1; NLT). 

God of silence, speak to me:
Tell me where I’m going wrong.

God of stillness, shake me up:
Show me how I need to change.

God of exile, pain, and fear:
Draw my heart to you, in need.

God of darkness, light my way:
I will follow where you lead.

✝️

If you are walking in darkness, without a ray of light, trust in the Lord and rely on your God (Isaiah 50:10; NLT).

If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me (Luke 9:23; NLT).