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Breathe

 

Breathe,
Live;
Love,
Give.

Pray,
Grow;
Serve,
Know.

Grieve,
Cry;
Bear,
Die.

See,
Kiss;
Merge,
Bliss.

 

References

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12.9; NLT).

Never stop praying (1 Thessalonians 5:17; NLT).

Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his (Psalm 100:3; NIV).

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

Now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face (1 Corinthians 13:12; NIV).

While he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him (Luke 15:20; NIV).

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

Come and share your master’s happiness (Matthew 25:21; NIV).

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Darkness and light

Hello everyone. I thought some of you might be interested to see what a difference a word or two can make to the feel and meaning of a prayer. Below are two versions of the same basic idea. See what you think about the different shades of meaning to be found in each:

1st version

May darkness be 
The same to me 
As light.

May weakness be 
The same to me
As might.

May hardship be 
The same to me
As wealth.

May sickness be
The same to me 
As health.

May silence be 
The same to me
As speech.

May trouble be
The same to me
As peace.  

May dryness be 
The same to me 
As dew.

May death, Lord, be
The same to me
As you.

2nd version

May darkness be 
As dear to me
As light.

May weakness be 
As dear to me
As might.

May hardship be 
As dear to me
As wealth.

May sickness be
As dear to me 
As health.

May silence be 
As dear to me
As speech.

May trouble be
As dear to me
As peace.  

May dryness be  
As dear to me 
As dew.

May death, Lord, be
As dear to me
As you.

References

Darkness and light are the same to you (Psalm 139:12; NLT).

When I am weak, then I am strong (2 Corinthians 12:10; NLT).

I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything (Philippians 4:12; NLT).

I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation (Philippians 4:12; NIV).

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

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May I share

 

Jesus,
May I share your birth;

Jesus,
May I share your breath.

Jesus,
May I share your pain; 

Jesus, 
May I share your death.

Jesus,
May I share your flesh;

Jesus,
May I share your blood.

Jesus,
May I share your faith;

Jesus,
May I share your love.

 

References

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

Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit” John 20:22; NLT).

If we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering (Romans 8:17; NLT).

Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies (2 Corinthians 4:10; NLT).

Anyone who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life (John 6:54; NLT).

If you have faith and don’t doubt, you can do things like this and much more (Matthew 21:21; NLT).

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends (John 15:13; NIV).

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Rejoice in God

 

Rejoice in God
Both night and day;  

Give thanks to him,
And always pray.

Put all your faith
In God above;

Don’t give up hope,
But grow in love.  

 

References

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NIV).

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

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Silence falls

 

Then silence falls
As we draw near

To see your face,
So bright, so dear,

And hear your voice,
So still, so small,  

And grasp how much 
You love us all. 

 

References

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

Come near to God and he will come near to you (James 4:8; NIV).

We all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image (2 Colossians 3:18; NIV).

God shines in glorious radiance (Psalm 50:2; NLT).

I love you, Lord (Psalm 18:1; NLT).

God speaks again and again, though people do not recognise it (Job 33:14; NLT).

After the fire [came] a still small voice (1 Kings 19:12; NKJV).

May you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is (Ephesians 3:18; NLT).

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Thank you

 

Lord,

Thank you for each truth you taught,
Each step you took,
Each gift you brought.

Thank you for each word you spoke,
Each healing touch,
Each rule you broke.

Thank you for each sign you gave,
Each tale you told,
Each soul you saved.

Thank you for each act of love,
Each wound received,
Each drop of blood.

 

References

The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:14; NKJV).

My words will never disappear (Luke 21:33; NLT).

They laid them before Jesus, and he healed them all (Matthew 15:30; NLT).

The Son of Man is Lord, even over the Sabbath (Luke 6:5; NLT).

This miraculous sign at Cana in Galilee was the first time Jesus revealed his glory (John 2:11; NLT).

He taught them by telling many stories in the form of parables (Mark 4:2; NLT).

When Jesus saw his mother standing there [near the cross] beside the disciple he loved, he said to her, “Dear woman, here is your son.”  And he said to this disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from then on this disciple took her into his home (John 19:26-7; NLT).

He ordered Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip, then turned him over to the Roman Soldiers to be crucified (Mark 15:15; NLT).

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).

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The only part

The only part of me that’s right
Is God, 
Who dwells within.

The only part of me that’s light
Is God, 
Who dwells within. 

The only part of me that’s good
Is God, 
Who dwells within.

The only part of me that’s love
Is God, 
Who dwells within. 

The only part of me that’s true
Is God, 
Who dwells within –

For I am part of you, Lord God,
The One 
Who dwells within.

References 

The Lord is right (Lamentations 1:18; NLT).

God is light (1 John 1:5; NIV). 

“Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked. “Only God is truly good” (Mark 10:18; NLT).

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

Every word of God proves true (Proverbs 30:5; NLT).

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

Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16; NKJV).

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