Be still, and know that I am God (Psalm 46:10; NLT).
Transfixed by God in stillness, Here I wait, for you are always near,
To share each prayer, and sigh and tear
Transfixed by God in silence, Now I worship wordlessly, and bow,
For you are with me, I and Thou,
Transfixed by God in solitude,
I celebrate your perfect love,
Renewed, forgiven through your blood
Transfixed by God in darkness, Lord, your Spirit hovers here, adored;
Though made of dust, I am restored
Transfixed by God in perfect bliss, I cleave to you; we interweave: United, may I never leave
Let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water.
(Hebrews 10:22; NLT).
Because of Christ and our faith in him,
we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence.
(Ephesians 3:12; NLT).
Context: After having the most astonishing, wonderful, joyful and liberating day yesterday, today’s blog just poured out as soon as I woke and started to pray this morning.
My grace suffices thee: for my power is perfected in weakness. (2 Corinthians 12:9; LET).
You alone suffice:
My book, my priest,
My light, my peace –
I love you.
You alone are God:
My staff, my rod;
My night, my day,
My truth, my way –
I love you.
You alone are good:
My flesh, my blood;
My liberty –
I love you.
You alone are bliss:
My life, my death,
My longed-for kiss;
My welcome home,
My great shalom –
I love you.
I love you, Lord; you are my strength.
(Psalm 18:1; NLT).
Shalom is a Hebrew word meaning peace, harmony, wholeness, completeness, prosperity, welfare and tranquility. It can refer to either peace between two entities (especially between a person and God, or between two countries), or to the well-being, welfare or safety of an individual or a group of individuals (Wikipedia).
You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind (Luke 10:27; NLT).
Through loving God,
We learn to love our neighbours.
Through loving them,
We learn to welcome strangers.
Through loving them,
We learn to love
Who thirst for blood,
And, loving them,
We learn to love ourselves.
Love your neighbour as yourself (Luke 1027; NLT).
When they came to a place called The Skull, they nailed him to the cross. And the criminals were also crucified – one on his right and one on his left. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.”
(Luke 23:33-4; NLT).
This is how Jesus the Messiah was born (Matthew 1:18; NLT).
Birth to bliss, and bliss to birth: Christ, Messiah, here on earth.
Bliss to birth, and birth to bliss:
Now, receiving Mary’s kiss.
Light to dark, and dark to light:
Christ, transfigured, shining bright.
Dark to light, and light to dark:
Now, in anguish, broken heart.
Sweat to blood, and blood to sweat:
Jesus, weeping, facing death.
Blood to sweat, and sweat to blood:
Crucified, his pain is love.
Death to life, and life to death: Jesus takes his final breath.
Life to death, and death to life:
He comes again, to end all strife.
Christ died once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him (Hebrews 9:28; NLT).
Christ died and rose again for this very purpose – to be Lord both of the living and of the dead (Romans 14:9; NLT).
The Lord will mediate between nations and will settle international disputes. They will hammer their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will no longer fight against nation, nor train for war any more (Isaiah 2:4; NLT).
I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever” (Revelation 21:3-4; NLT).
I am the living bread that came down from heaven.
(John 6:51; NLT).
1. At communion, all are fed From one small dish: your living bread.
At communion, all can sup
Your living wine, from one small cup.
2. Thus, you fed the thousands, Lord,
With living faith and love outpoured.
Thus, you feed the millions, still,
To give your followers their fill.
3. Yet, many spurn your flesh and blood –
Perhaps they have not understood.
Others choose to hurt, and take,
Look down on strangers, judge, and hate.
4. Lord, you gave your precious life To set us free from sin and strife:
Call everyone, and make us new,
So we will trust and follow you.
5. Call us, Jesus, great High Priest, Until we come to join your feast.
Surely, Lord, it’s not too late?
You love us all, and keenly wait
6. To heal, forgiving every sin, And helping us to change within.
So, Lord, I beg you, plead, entreat
That all will come to you, and eat.
Anyone who eats this bread will live forever; and this bread, which I will offer so the world may live, is my flesh (John 6:51; NLT).
1. As they were eating, Jesus took some bread and blessed it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “Take this and eat it, for this is my body.” And 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, which confirms thecovenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many” (Matthew 26:26-8; NLT).
2. Jesus soon saw a huge crowd of people coming to look for him …Then Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up. “There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?” “Tell everyone to sit down,” Jesus said. So they all sat down on the grassy slopes. (The men alone numbered about 5,000.) Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks to God, and distributed them to the people. Afterward he did the same with the fish. And they all ate as much as they wanted (John 6:5,8-11-13; NLT).
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day (John 6:54; NIV).
3. The fool says in his heart, “There is no God” (Psalm 14:1; NIV).
The Lord looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. All have turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one. Do all these evildoers know nothing? They devour my people as though eating bread; they never call on the Lord (Psalm 14:2-4; NIV).
4. The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45; NLT).
I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart (Ezekiel 36:26; NLT).
Trust in God and trust also in me (John 14:1; NLT).
“Come, follow me,” Jesus said (Matthew 4:19; NIV).
5. “As surely as I live,” says the Lord, “every knee will bend to me, and every tongue will confess and give praise to God” (Romans 14:11; NLT).
People will come from east and west and north and south, and will take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God (Luke 13:29; NIV).
He loves us with unfailing love (Psalm 117:2; NLT).
The Lord must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion (Isaiah 30:18; NLT).
Perhaps even yet they will turn from their evil ways and ask the Lord’s forgiveness before it is too late (Jeremiah 36:7; NLT).
6. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases (Psalm 103:3; NLT).
Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me (Revelation 3:20; NIV).