Contemplation

I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love
(Romans 8:38; NLT).

1. To contemplation, Lord,
I bring my body –
My weakness, tiredness,
Restlessness and pain.

2. To contemplation, Lord,
I bring my thinking –
My hidden judgements,
Envy and disdain.

3. To contemplation, Lord,
I bring my feelings –
My sorrow, longing,
Anger, guilt, and fear.

4. To contemplation, Lord,
I bring my spirit –
My faith, and hope, and love,
For you are here.

References

1. The flesh is weak (Mark 14:38; NIV).

2. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away (Psalm 139:2; NLT).

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

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

God is with us (Matthew 1:23; NLT).

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me (Psalm 23:4; KJV).

All things dwell within your body

God is love, and all who live in love live in God,
and God lives in them (1 John 4:16; NLT).

1. All things dwell within your body:
Stars, and sun, and earth.

2. All things form within your mind,
Where you, Lord, give us birth.

3. All things live within your heart,
Hand-made from love, and dust.

4. All things rest within your Spirit:
God, in whom we trust.

References

1. Everything comes from him and exists by his power (Romans 11:36; NLT).

There is […] one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all (Ephesians 4:5-6; NLT).

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

You forgot the God who gave you birth (Deuteronomy 32:18; NIV).

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

The Lord God formed man of dust from the ground (Genesis 2:7; RSV).

4. Although they were destined to die like all people, they now live forever with God in the Spirit (1 Peter 4:6; NLT).

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

I trust in you, Lord; I say, “You are my God” (Psalm 31:14; NIV).

My body

1. My body, Lord,
Goes out into the world:
One with you,
And all I apprehend.

2. My mind, Lord,
Reaches out into the world:
One with you,
And everyone you send.

3. My heart, Lord,
Celebrates with all the world:
One with you,
And everything you make.

4. My soul, Lord,
Is united with the world:
One with you
And all, for your Son’s sake.

References

1. There is one Lord […] who is over all and in all and living through all (Ephesians 4:5-6; NLT).

2. Though we are many […] we are one body (1 Corinthians 10:17; NLT).

3. With music and singing we celebrate your mighty acts (Psalm 21:13; NLT).

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands (Psalm 19:1-2; NIV).

Rejoice forever in my creation! (Isaiah 65:18; NLT).

4. You are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28; NLT).

We ourselves are your servants for Jesus’ sake (2 Corinthians 4:5; NLT).

Fire

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).

Lord,

1. You are the fire
In my body;

2. The peace
In my mind;

3. The love
In my heart;

4. And the truth
In my soul.

References

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

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

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

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

Temple

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

Lord,

1. You are the stillness
Of my body;

2. The silence
Of my mind;

3. The love
Of my heart;

4. And the bedrock
Of my soul.

References

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

2. Be silent before the Sovereign Lord (Zephaniah 1:7; NIV).

3. 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).

4. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock (Matthew 7:25; NLT).

Lent for life

1. Thank you for my body, Lord,
Lent by you, for life –
For all the pain and stress
It undergoes.

2. Thank you for my mind, Lord,
Lent by you, for life –
For all that’s shaped it,
Everything it knows.

3. Thank you for my heart, Lord,
Lent by you for life –
For all the love it’s given
And received.

4. Thank you for my soul, Lord,
For this alone is ‘me’
From long before my body
Was conceived.

References

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

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

Around me and within

1. Lord,
You are around me
And within,
Releasing me from sorrow,
And from sin;

2. Healing me
In body, heart and mind,
And saving my poor soul,
For you are kind.

3. Lord,
You are within me
And around,
Suffusing me with joy
Through sight and sound;

4. So I worship you, Lord,
And extoll
Your love, in heaven on earth,
And in my soul.

References

1. You, Lord, are a shield around me (Psalm 3:3; NLT).

You have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you (1 John 2:27; NLT).

2. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies (Psalm 103:2-4; NLT).

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

3. I will bring them to my holy mountain of Jerusalem and will fill them with joy in my house of prayer (Isaiah 56:7; NLT).

4. I worship the Lord (Jonah 1:9; NLT).