My flesh is weak


The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.
(Mark 14:38; NIV). 

My flesh is weak,
And my way is long,

But my faith is firm,
And my spirit, strong.

My steps are slow,
And my path is steep,

But my hope is bright,
For our love is deep.

🖤

My beloved is mine and I am his.
(Song of Songs 2:16; NIV).


 

Grace before food


I am the living bread that came down from heaven.
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).

My flesh is real food (John 6:55; NLT).

Lord,
You are food for our bodies;
Your way is food for our minds.

Your words are food for our hungry hearts;
Your life is food for our souls.

Lord,
You are food for our bodies;
Your truth is food for our minds.

Your love is food for our fainting hearts;
Your peace is food for our souls.

 🖤

The peace I give is a gift the world cannot give.
(John 14:27; NLT).

 


Hold my spirit (for B.B.)

Lord,

1. Hold my spirit in your arms
While I’m still in this body.

2. Hold my spirit in your arms,
For death will come, one day.

3. Hold my spirit in your arms
When I must leave this body.

4. Hold my spirit in your arms
For evermore, I pray.

🖤


References

1. The eternal God is your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you (Deuteronomy 33:27; NLT).

2. No one can live forever; all will die. No one can escape the power of the grave (Psalm 89:48; NLT).

3. Yea, 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).

4. Into your hands I commit my spirit (Psalm 31:5; NIV).

You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever (Psalm 16:11; NLT).

 


 

With you (#2 of 3)

Many of his disciples turned away and deserted him. Then Jesus turned to the Twelve and asked, “Are you also going to leave?” Simon Peter replied, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words that give eternal life.”
(John 6:66-8; NLT). 

I want to spend my life with you,
Absorbing all you say,
And watching how you talk with those
We meet along the way.

I want to spend my life with you:
One flesh; one soul; one mind;
To make my home within your heart,
And love all humankind.

I want to spend my life with you,
To share your grief and pain,
And help to bear your heavy cross:
Then I’ll be born again.

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Unless you are born again,
you cannot see the Kingdom of God.
(John 3:3; NLT).

 


You know (for P.)

He knows how weak we are;
he remembers we are only dust.
(Psalm 103:14-16; NLT).

Lord,
You know how weak I am:
Please heal my body
Day by day.

Lord,
You know how low I am:
Please heal my mind,
So I can pray.

Lord,
You know how tired I am:
Please heal my heart,
My inmost core.

Lord,
You know how faint I am:
Please heal my soul,
Then I will soar.

🖤

Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
(Isaiah 40:31; NIV).

 


Thank you

I will thank the Lord with all my heart 
(Psalm 111:1; NLT). 

Thank you, Lord,
For healing us
In mind and body,
Heart, and soul.

Thank you, Lord,
For waiting all these years
To save,
And make us whole.

Thank you, Lord,
For helping us
To follow you
Through every test.

Thank you, Lord,
For cleansing us,
And promising
Eternal rest.


God’s promise of entering his rest still stands
(Hebrews 4:1; NLT).


Dwelling in darkness

Clouds and thick darkness surround him
(Psalm 97:2; NIV).

Dwelling in darkness,
Concealed from our sight,
Yet shining forever:
Our God, who is light.

Vast, unapproachable,
Our heart’s desire,
Yet blazing within us:
Our God, who is fire.

Knowing our secrets,
Beyond human proof,
Yet speaking so clearly:
Our God, who is truth.

Mighty, alert,
Seeing all without cease,
Yet curbing his anger:
Our God, who is peace.

Yielding his Spirit,
His body and blood,
Yet reigning with mercy:
Our God, who is love.

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

This cross

Image: Ruth Kirk


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1. This cross, Lord,
Is my closest friend.

2. I’ll bear it daily
Till life’s end,

3. When I must leave
All things behind –

4. Possessions, body,
Heart and mind –

5. Except my spirit,
Which will soar

6. To join with yours,
For evermore.

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References

1. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me, cannot be my disciple (Luke 14:27; RSV).

2. Then he said to the crowd, “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).

3. God said to him, “You fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get everything you worked for?” (Luke 12:20; NLT).

4. I came naked from my mother’s womb, and I will be naked when I depart (Job 1:21; NIV).

5. Those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles (Isaiah 40:31; NLT).

We […] will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air (1 Thessalonians 4:17; NLT).

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

What can I offer?

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What can I offer the Lord for all he has done for me?
(Psalm 116:12; NLT).

I offer you my weak, frail flesh,
Stripped of all the health and strength of youth.
It’s yours already, Lord, for you conceived it,
Yet I have nothing else to give, in truth.

I offer you my damaged mind,
Stripped of all my hopes of paradise.
It’s yours already, Lord, for you ordained it,
But I have nothing else to sacrifice.

I offer you my small, hard heart,
Stripped of all my faith, and peace, and trust.
It’s yours already, Lord, for you assigned it,
Yet I have nothing else to yield, but dust.

I offer you my sinful life,
Stripped of all grace, though you dwell in my soul.
It’s yours already, Lord, for I’m your temple,
But you are the only part of me that’s whole.

Offer every part of yourself to him
(Romans 6:13; NIV).

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Touch (for A.K.)

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🖤

1. Touch my body,
Bind each wound,
For I am faint,
My strength, consumed.

2. Touch my mind,
Correct each thought,
Until I realise
I am naught.

3. Touch my heart,
Yoke me to good,
And fill me with
Your perfect love.

4. Touch my soul,
Make me like Christ
Your Son –
A living sacrifice.

🖤


References

1. He has injured us but he will bind up our wounds (Hosea 6:1; NIV).

My life is spent with grief, and my years with sighing: my strength faileth because of mine iniquity, and my bones are consumed (Psalm 31:10; KJV).

2. The Lord corrects those he loves (Proverbs 3:12; NLT).

I am nothing but dust and ashes (Genesis 18:27; NIV).

3. Those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good (1 Peter 4:19; NIV).

We know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love (Romans 5:5; NLT).

4. The Lord – who is the Spirit – makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image (2 Corinthians 3:18; NLT).

So, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice (Romans 12:1; NLT).