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

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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).

✝️

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.

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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).

I wait

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

1. I wait, still and silent.
I worship you, Lord.
I listen; I learn;
And I share.

2. I am your body,
Your breath, bone, and blood;
And we live as one, Lord,
Through prayer.

3. You know all my feelings;
My thoughts, words, and deeds.
You are my light, truth,
And way.

4. You are my faith, and my hope,
And my love —
So, let’s start afresh, Lord,
Today.

🧡


References

1. Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him (Psalm 37:7; NIV).

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

Worship the Lord in all his holy splendour (Psalm 96:9; NLT).

I listen carefully to what God the Lord is saying (Psalm 85:8; NLT).

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart (Matthew 11:29; NKJV).

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

Pour out your hearts to him (Psalm 62:8; NIV).

You desire honesty from the womb (Psalm 51:6; NLT).

2. You are Christ’s body (1 Corinthians 12:27; NASB).

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

Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us (Colossians 3:11; NLT).

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

Pray continually (1 Thessalonians 5:17; NIV).

3. O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me (Psalm 139:1; NLT).

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

You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord (Psalm 139:4; NLT).

You know everything I do (Psalm 139:3; NLT).

The Lord is my light (Psalm 27:1; NLT).

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

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

Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the Lord (Lamentations 3:40; KJV).

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-3; ESV).

Your breath in my body

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

1. Your breath
In my body,

2. Your life
In my blood;

3. Your strength
In my weakness,

4. Your fire
In my love;

5. Your light
In my blindness,

6. Your truth
In my soul;

7. Your Word
In my heart, Lord —

8. At last,
I am whole.

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References

1. The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life (Job 33:4; NLT).

2. The Word gave life to everything that was created (John 1:4; NLT).

Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you (John 6:53; NIV).

The life of the body is in its blood (Leviticus 17:11; NLT).

Christ lives within you (Romans 8:10; NLT).

3. My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9; NLT).

4. Love flashes like fire, the brightest kind of flame (Song of Songs 8:6; NLT).

5. I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth (Isaiah 42:16; NIV).

6. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth (John 16:13; NLT).

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

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

7. I have hidden your word in my heart (Psalm 119:11; NLT).

He is the Word of life (1 John 1:1; NLT).

Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us (Colossians 3:11; NLT).

8. Then at last everyone will say, “There truly is a reward for those who live for God” (Psalm 58:11; NLT).

Upon him was the chastisement that made us whole (Isaiah 53:5; RSV).

Dying

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

Lord,

1. Hold me gently
In your arms,
For I am weak, and ill.

2. Join my drifting thoughts
With yours,
And let me hear you, still.

3. Keep my heart, Lord,
Safe in yours,
So love is all I know.

4. Then take my spirit
In your hands,
And let my body go.

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


References

1. I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls (Matthew 11:29; NLT).

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

He will carry the lambs in his arms, holding them close to his heart (Isaiah 40:11; NLT).

Have compassion on me, Lord, for I am weak (Psalm 6:2; NLT).

I am dying (Genesis 48:21; NKJV).

2. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus (Philippians 2:5; NKJV).

We have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16; NLT).

After the fire [he heard] a still small voice (1 Kings 19:12; KJV).

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

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

Yes, my soul, find rest in God (Psalm 62:5; NIV).

Life, death, and heaven


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1. Life means stretching thin our eternal oneness with God, in order to be born into a unique and fragile body, here, on earth.

2. Life means longing for our original union with him, and searching everywhere, until we find him at last, waiting within our soul.

3. Life means learning to love everyone, without exception, because God dwells in us all, and loves us all very deeply.

4. Death means leaving our failing, mortal body, to reunite with him for evermore –

5. And this is Heaven.

 


References

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

2. I thirst for God, the living God. When can I go and stand before him? Psalm 42:2; NLT).

All night long I search for you; in the morning I earnestly seek for God (Isaiah 26:9; NLT).

The Lord must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion (Isaiah 30:18; NLT).

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

3. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love (Galatians 5:6; NIV).

Love your neighbour as yourself (Luke 10:27; NLT).

Love the stranger (Deuteronomy 10:19; NKJV).

Show love to foreigners (Deuteronomy 10:19; NLT).

Love your enemies (Matthew 5:44; NLT).

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

Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us (Colossians 3:11; NLT).

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

God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16; NLT).

4. He knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust. Our days on earth are like grass; like wildflowers, we bloom and die. The wind blows, and we are gone – as though we had never been here. But the love of the Lord remains forever with those who fear him (Psalm 103:14-17; NLT).

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

I will live in the house of the Lord forever (Psalm 23:6; NLT).

Today you will be with me in paradise (Luke 23:43; NLT).

Give back

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Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s,
and to God what is God’s
(Luke 20:25; NIV).

1. I give my body back to you:
Lord, we are one in flesh and blood.

2. I give my thinking back to you:
Lord, may we share one humble mind.

3. I give my feelings back to you:
Lord, may we live as one, in love.

4. I give my spirit back to you:
Lord, may our joy be unconfined.

 


References

1. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us (John 1:14; NIV).

2. Look, your king is coming to you. He is righteous and victorious, yet he is humble, riding on a donkey (Zecharaiah 9:9; NLT).

Have […] a humble mind (1 Peter 3:8; RSV).

We have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16; NLT).

3. Live in a way that pleases him, and love and serve him with all your heart and soul (Deuteronomy 10:12; NLT).

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

Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us (Colossians 3:11; NLT).

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

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

You have been united with Christ (Ephesians 2:13; NLT).

You will live in joy and peace (Isaiah 55:12; NLT).