You are the way

Their minds are full of darkness; they wander far from the life God gives because they have closed their minds and hardened their hearts against him
(Ephesians 4:18; NLT).

You are the way
We do not see.

You are the truth
We do not know.

You are the life
We do not seek.

You are the love
We do not show.

You are the light
We do not prize.

You are the blaze
We do not hear.

You are the peace
We do not want.

You are the God
We do not fear.

References

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

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

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

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

The Lord your God is a devouring fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; NLT).

No one will be able to put out the roaring flames (Jeremiah 17:27; NLT).

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

The fool says in his heart, “There is no God” (Psalm 14:1; NIV).

They do not fear God (Psalm 55:19; NLT).

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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).

I’m ready

I’m ready to give up my health,
Because your strength
Is all I need.

I’m ready to give up my mind,
Because your peace
Will see me through.

I’m ready to give up my heart,
Because your love
Is all I want.

I’m ready to give up my life,
Because my soul
Is one with you.

References

My health may fail and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever (Psalm 73:26; NLT).

His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7; NLT).

Your unfailing love is better than life itself (Psalm 63:3; NLT).

If you try to hang on to your life you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it (Matthew 6:25; NLT).

Whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17; NIV).

Veil your head

Veil your head,
But not your eyes,
So you can see my glory.

Veil your eyes,
But not your lips,
So you can praise my grace.

Veil your lips,
But not your hands,
So you can serve my kingdom.

Veil your hands,
But not your soul,
So you can see my face.

References

Hamam hurried away to his home, mournful and with a veil over his head (Esther 6:12; NET).

They will see my glory (Isaiah 66:18; NLT).

We praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us (Ephesians 1:6; NLT).

Serve only him (Luke 4:8; NLT).

Now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face (1 Corinthians 13:12; NRSV).

Every worry falls away

 

Every worry falls away
Before the cross of Christ,
For as we gaze upon his wounds
We grasp his sacrifice.

Guilt and enmity dissolve
In his life-giving blood,
For as we listen to his words
We recognise his love.

Sickness, sin, and sorrow fade
Upon his final breath,
For as we contemplate his pain
We understand his death.

Then doubt and fear are banished
By the shining of his face,
For when we see the risen Lord
We know, and share, his grace.

 

References

This is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many (Matthew 26:28; NLT).

When they came to the place called The Skull, they nailed him to the cross […] Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing” (Luke 23:33-4; NLT).

Then Jesus shouted, “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!” And with those words he breathed his last (Luke 23:46; NLT).

All of you share in God’s grace (Philippians 1:7; NIV).

Questions…

 

However shall I find you
In Gethsemane, at night?

However shall I look at you,
Transfigured by God’s light?

However shall I fast with you
Amid the desert caves?

However shall I come to you
Across the stormy waves?

However shall I eat with you
Inside the upper room?

However shall I walk by you
As you approach your tomb?

However shall I stay with you
Despite all you must bear?

However shall I rise with you,
To meet you in the air?

 

References

They went to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and Jesus said, “Sit here while I go and pray” (Mark 14:32; NLT).

There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light (Matthew 17:2; NIV).

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil. For forty days and forty nights he fasted and became very hungry (Matthew 4:1-2; NLT).

Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink (Matthew 14:30; NLT).

He will take you upstairs to a large room that is already set up. That is where you should prepare our meal (Mark 14:15; NLT).

Passover begins in two days, and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified (Matthew 26:2; NLT).

At that point, all the disciples deserted him and fled (Matthew 26:56; NLT).

Then the soldiers nailed him to the cross (Mark 15:24; NLT).

We who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air (1 Thessalonians 4:17; NLT).

Your temple

When Jesus said, “this temple,” he meant his own body
(John 2:21; NLT).

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

 

Lord,
You seem a long way off,
But you’re not far at all,
For our bodies are your courtyard,
So you hear us when we call.

Lord,
You seem reserved, remote,
But you’re not far away,
For our minds are your house of prayer,
Where we can talk each day.

Lord,
You seem withdrawn, removed,
But you’re not very far,
For our hearts are your temple,
And the door remains ajar.

Lord,
You seem concealed, cut off,
But we are not alone,
For our souls are your sanctuary,
And you, the cornerstone.

 

References

O Lord, why do you stand so far away? (Psalm 10:1; NLT).

He is not far from any one of us (Acts 17:27; NLT).

Don’t you realise that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you? (1 Corinthians 3:19; NLT). 

Praise him, you who serve the Lord, you who serve in the house of the Lord, in the courts of the house of our God (Psalm 135:1; NLT).

He heard me from his sanctuary; my cry to him reached his ears (Psalm 18:6; NLT).

My Temple will be called a house of prayer for all nations (Isaiah 56:7; NLT).

God talks with man (Deuteronomy 5:24; DBY).

You are the temple of the living God (Luke 17:21; NKJV).

I saw a door standing open in heaven (Revelation 4:1; NLT).

Take this seriously. The Lord has chosen you to build a Temple as his sanctuary (1 Chronicles 28:10; NLT).

You are coming to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God’s temple (1 Peter 2:4; NLT).