The old Celtic way (dedicated to A.K.)

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This is what the Lord says:
“Stop at the crossroads and look around.
Ask for the old, godly way, and walk in it.
Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls”
(Jeremiah 6:16; NLT).

1. Show me again, Lord,
The old Celtic way,
Then I will delight
In your love, joy, and peace.

2. Call me back, Lord,
To the old Celtic way,
Then I’ll serve you gladly
In all those I meet.

3. Teach me again, Lord,
The old Celtic way,
Then I’ll see your beauty
In all that you make.

4. Lead me back, Lord,
To the old Celtic way,
Then I’ll know your presence
With each step I take.

5. Tell me again, Lord,
The old Celtic way,
Then I’ll accept bravely
The hardships I bear.

6. Bring me back, Lord,
To the old Celtic way,
Then I will remember
To do all with prayer.

 


References

1. I will be glad and rejoice in your unfailing love  (Psalm 31:7; NLT).

2. Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me (Matthew 25:40; NIV).

3. Praise the beauty of holiness (2 Chronicles 20:21; NKJV).

4. I am with you always (Matthew 28:20; NLT).

5. By God’s power accept your share of suffering (2 Timothy 1:8; NET).

6. Pray about everything (Philippians 4:6; NLT).

Give back…

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The Lord gave me what I had,
and the Lord has taken it away
(Job 1:21; NLT).

Lord,

1. Give me back my joy again:
Please let me share your grace
And peace.

2. Give me back my health again,
So I can serve you
Without cease.

3. Give me back all I have lost,
For then my trials
Won’t seem so long,

4. But if you don’t, Lord,
I’ll accept your will,
For when I’m weak, I’m strong.


References

1. Give me back my joy again; you have broken me – now let me rejoice (Psalm 51:8; NLT).

May God the Father and Christ Jesus our Saviour give you grace and peace (Titus 1:4; NLT).

2. “I will give you back your health and heal your wounds,” says the Lord (Jeremiah 30:17; NLT).

Serve the Lord your God (Deuteronomy 13:4; NLT).

3. I will give you back what you lost (Joel 2:25; NLT).

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

4. Should we accept only good things from the hand of God, and never anything bad?
(Job 2:10; NLT).

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).

To keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh. […] Three times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me […] for when I am weak, then I am strong (2 Corinthians 12:7-10; NLT).

Your will be done

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1. I offer my body and mind to you,
I open my heart and soul.

2. Forgive my sins, and heal me, Lord;
I beg you: make me whole.

3. But if it’s your desire
That I should suffer with your Son,

4. Please help me to accept my lot with joy:
Your will be done.


References

1. You and I both belong to God (Job 33:6; NLT).

2. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases (Psalm 103:3; NLT).

3. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death (Philippians 3:10; NLT).

God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps (1 Peter 2:21; NLT).

4. By God’s power accept your share of suffering for the gospel (2 Timothy 1:8; NET).

I am overflowing with joy in the midst of all our suffering (2 Corinthians 7:4; NET.

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).

Unhurried and unworried

To enjoy your work and accept your lot in life –
this is indeed a gift from God
(Ecclesiastes 5:19; NLT).

1. I can do a lot
If I’m unhurried.

2. I can walk, Lord,
If I take my time.

3. I can still write prayers –
If I work slowly,

4. Searching out each rhythm,
Word, and rhyme.

5. I can do a lot
If I’m unworried,

6. Accepting how I am, Lord,
All day long;

7. Living in your presence,
And rejoicing –

8. For though I’m weak, and tired,
You are strong.


References

1. I walk slowly all my years (Isaiah 38:15; ESV).

3. Do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes […] Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest? (Luke 12:22-26; NIV).

5. The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the name of the Lord (Job 1:21; NLT).

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

6. Should we accept only good from the hand of God, and never anything bad? (Job 2:10; NLT).

I said to myself, “This is my sickness, and I must endure it” (Jeremiah 10:19; NIV).

7. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them (1 John 4:16; NIV).

His name is the Lord – rejoice in his presence! (Psalm 68:4; NLT).

8. He knows how weak we are (Psalm 103:14; NLT).

I am weary and worn out, O God (Proverbs 30:1; NLT).

Recognise that the Lord is glorious and strong (1 Chronicles 16:28; NLT).

Every illness

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A wise person thinks a lot about death (Ecclesiastes 7:4; NLT).

1. Every illness helps us
To prepare ourselves
For death.

2. Working to accept each loss
Will help us give up life
And breath.

3. May we welcome all our trials
With courage, thanks, Lord,
Joy and grace,

4. For each one brings us ever closer
To your kiss,
And your embrace.


References

1. A wise person thinks a lot about death (Ecclesiastes 7:4; NLT).

2. The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the name of the Lord (Job 1:21; NIV).

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

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NIV).

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

While he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him (Luke 15:20; NIV).

Holy Spirit

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God is Spirit
(John 4:24; NLT).

Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit
(1 Corinthians 6:19; NLT).

1. Holy Spirit,
Light of God,
Guide us on your narrow way.

2. Holy Spirit,
Fire of God,
Shield us from your wrath today.

3. Holy Spirit,
Truth of God,
Teach us all to hear your voice.

4. Holy Spirit,
Peace of God,
Help us to accept your choice.

5. Holy Spirit,
Love of God,
Keep us always in your hand.

6. Holy Spirit,
Heart of God,
Bring us to your Promised Land.

References

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

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it” (Isaiah 30:21; NIV).

Do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live (Ephesians 4:30; NLT).

2. God is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; NIV).

Oh that you would hide me in the grave, that you would conceal me until your wrath is past (Job 14:13; NKJV).

3. The Spirit is truth (1 John 5:6; NKJV).

The Spirit teaches you everything you need to know (1 John 2:27; NLT).

This is why the Holy Spirit says, “Today when you hear his voice, don’t harden your hearts as Israel did when they rebelled (Hebrews 3:7-8; NLT).

4. The Lord is peace (Judges 6:24; NLT).

The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the name of the Lord (Job 1:21; NIV).

Let the Holy Spirit guide your lives (Galatians 5:16; NLT).

The Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness (Romans 8:26; NLT).

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

In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind (Job 12:10; NIV).

6. The Sovereign Lord […] will carry the lambs in his arms, holding them close to his heart (Isaiah 40:10-11; NLT).

He chose the Promised Land as our inheritance (Psalm 47:4; NLT).