Fresh start

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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).

1. Every day, my Father,
You make all creation new,
And every day, my Still Small Voice,
You teach me what is true.

2. Every day, my Advocate,
You stand to plead my case,
And every day, my Prince of Peace,
You fill me with your grace.

3. Every day, my Counsellor,
You help me face my fears,
And every day, my Comforter,
You wipe away my tears.

4. Every day, my Lord of lords,
You make me more like you,
And every day, my King of kings,
You heal my spirit, too.

5. Every day, my Holy One,
You give me a new heart,
And every day, Bright Morning Star,
You grant me a fresh start.

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References

1. God in heaven is your spiritual Father (Matthew 23:9; NLT).

He who sat upon the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new” (Revelation 21:5; RSV).

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

I, the Lord, speak only what is true (Isaiah 45:19; NLT).

2. I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, [Comforter, Encourager, Counsellor] who will never leave you (John 14:16; NLT).

If anyone [sins], we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous (1 John 2:1; NLT).

A child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6; NLT).

May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord (2 Peter 1:2; NLT).

3. 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).

God will wipe every tear from their eyes (Revelation 7:17; NLT).

4. He is Lord of lords, and King of kings (Revelation 17:14; NKJV).

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).

He restores my soul (Psalm 23:3; NKJV).

Your strength will be renewed each day like the morning dew (Psalm 110:3; NLT).

5. I am the Lord, your Holy One (Isaiah 43:15; NLT).

I will give you a new heart […] I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh (Ezekiel 36:26; NIV).

I, Jesus […] am the bright morning star (Revelation 22:16; NLT).

His mercies begin afresh each morning (Lamentations 3:22; NLT).

One day

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

1. One day, my soul
Will leave this flesh behind:

2. I’ll take my final breath,
Get out of bed,

3. And walk away, Lord,
Into the blue beyond.

4. Then, gathering strength
With every joyful step,

5. I’ll rise into the air
On eagles’ wings

6. To meet you, Lord,
As all creation sings.


References

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

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

3. They shall walk and not faint (Isaiah 40:31; NKJV).

There they saw the God of Israel. Under his feet there seemed to be a surface of brilliant blue lapis lazuli, as clear as the sky itself (Exodus 24:10; NLT).

4. Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength (Isaiah 40:31; NKJV).

Ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace (Isaiah 55:12; KJV).

5. They shall mount up with wings like eagles (Isaiah 40:31; NKJV).

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

Return to me, for I have redeemed you. Sing for joy, you heavens, for the Lord has done this; shout aloud, you earth beneath. Burst into song, you mountains, you forests and all your trees (Isaiah 44:23; NIV).

Thank you, Lord


1. Thank you, Lord, for your creation
Of the heavens and the earth.

2. Thank you for your incarnation,
For your advent, and your birth.

3. Thank you, Lord, for your atonement,
Purchased with your final breath.

4. Thank you for your resurrection,
So we, too, can rise from death.

5. Thank you, Lord, for your ascension;
Your salvation makes us whole.

6. Thank you for your Holy Spirit,
Sent to fill each heart and soul.

7. Thank you, Lord, for your communion
With us every night and day.

8. Thank you for your constant presence,
As we walk your narrow way.


References

1. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1; NLT).

2. The Word became human and made his home among us (John 1:14; NLT).

3. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood (Romans 3:25; NIV).

4. Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25; NLT).

5. The same one who descended is the one who ascended higher than all the heavens, so that he might fill the entire universe with himself (Ephesians 4:10; NLT).

6. The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you (Romans 8:11; NLT).

7. Be sure of this: I am with you always (Matthew 28:20; NLT).

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

Dust

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You were made from dust, and to dust you will return
(Genesis 3:19; NLT).

Lord God,

1. The dust of which we’re made
Is you,

2. For every atom
Is a part of you.

3. So, from the dawn
Of your sublime creation,

4. You’re all there’s ever been,
And all we are –

5. Here, for a moment,
Then, beyond our death,

6. Dancing as one
In each bright, singing star.


References

1. The Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul (Genesis 2:7; WEB).

2,4. There is one Lord […] who is over all and in all and living through all (Ephesians 4:5-6; NLT).

3. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1; NLT).

5. How short life is (Job 14:1; NLT).

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

6. I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one (John 17:22; NLT).

In the singing together of stars of morning, […] all sons of God shout for joy (Job 38:7; YLT).

In your image

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Father,

1. When you form us
In your image,
You make us
Out of your unfailing love:

2. Our bodies, from the clay
Of this, your planet;
Our souls, your breath of life
From heaven above.

3. Then, Lord, you dwell within us
All our lifetime,
One with us
No matter what we do,

4. For we are part
Of your immense creation:
One with all there is,
Including you.

5. And even after death, Lord,
We continue:
Our bones returning
To your sacred dust,

6. Whilst every mind, and heart,
And soul, and spirit
Goes back to your vast peace,
In perfect trust.

7. And even when
This ancient, spinning planet
Reaches its
Inevitable end,

8. Each atom
Will remain in you forever:
So none of us can truly
Be condemned.

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References

1. God created human beings in his own image (Genesis 1:27; NLT).

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

2. We are the clay, and you are the potter. We are all formed by your hand (Isaiah 64:8; NLT).

The Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul (Genesis 2:7; WEB).

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

The Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6; NIV).

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

I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one (John 17:22; NLT).

5,6. The dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; NIV).

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

7. The end of the world is coming soon (1 Peter 4:7; NLT).

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

God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him (John 3:17; NIV).

Love song (#2 of 2 linked prayers)

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

1. I love you, Lord,
In every leaf,
And every blade of grass.

2. I love you, Lord,
In every tree,
And every hill I pass.

3. I love you, Lord,
In every wave,
And every star I see.

4. I love you Lord
In all creation –
Just as you love me.


References

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

2. The mountains and hills will burst into song, and the trees of the field will clap their hands! (Isaiah 55:12; NLT).

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

4. He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together (Colossians 1:17; NLT).

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

Love song (#1 of 2 linked prayers)

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

1. You sing of love
In every leaf,
And every blade of grass.

2. You sing of love
In every tree,
And every hill I pass.

3. You sing of love
In every wave,
And every star I see.

4. You sing of love
In all you make,
And even, Lord, in me.


References

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

2. The mountains and hills will burst into song, and the trees of the field will clap their hands! (Isaiah 55:12; NLT).

3. The voice of the Lord echoes above the sea (Psalm 29:3; NLT).

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

4. He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together (Colossians 1:17; NLT).

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

Damaged (#2 of 2 linked prayers)

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Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life
(John 6:54; NIV).

1. Lord, we are
Your intricate creation,
Hurt by life in body
And in mind;

2. Damaged, Lord, in heart,
And soul, and spirit,
Which makes us frail, deaf,
Captive, lame, and blind.

3. But every time we take the Host
You heal us:
Bit by bit
You set us free, dear Lord;

4. And every time we share the Cup
You fill us:
Drop by drop,
Until we are restored.

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References

1. Your hands have made me and fashioned me, an intricate unity (Job 10:8; NKJV).

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

3. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds (Psalm 147:3; NIV).

4. He restores my soul (Psalm 23:3; NKJV).

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It’s not just that you make us

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Lord,

1. It’s not just that you make us:
You’re creation.

2. It’s not just that you’re timeless:
You are time.

3. It’s not just that you’re living:
You are life, Lord.

4. It’s not just that you light our way:
You shine.

5. It’s not just that you feed us:
You are bread, Lord.

6. It’s not just that you give us drink:
You’re wine.

7. It’s not just that you care for us:
You’re love, Lord.

8. It’s not just that I’m yours, Lord:
You are mine.

References

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

2. For you, a thousand years are as a passing day, as brief as a few night hours (Psalm 90:4; NLT).

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

4. God is more glorious than the moon; he shines brighter than the stars (Job 25:5; NLT).

5. I am the living bread the came down from heaven (John 6:51; NLT).

6. He took a cup of wine […] and he said to them, “This is my blood” (Mark 14:23-4; NLT).

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

8. I am yours (Psalm 119:94; NLT).

Lord, you are mine! (Psalm 119:57; NLT).

Our soul

We have all been baptised into one body by one Spirit,
and we all share the same Spirit.
(1 Corinthians 12:13; NLT).

Lord, our soul is you within us all (1).

You make us, breathe your soul into us, and give us life (2).

You dwell in us, and we in you, though we may never recognise your presence (3).

When we die, our soul returns to you, though in truth it has never been separated from you, for you are indivisible. The whole of you dwells in every one of us, and never leaves us (4).

No matter what we might prefer to think, we are always united with one another and with you, through Christ, your Son (5).

We do not each have a separate soul, unique to ourselves. There is only one soul, which is your Holy Spirit, shared forever by us all: those not yet born, those who are alive, and those who have died (6).

In the light of our neglected, yet primordial, oneness, and given the extremely serious state of international relations, climate change, and our widespread religious, political and personal inhumanity towards one another, here is today’s prayer:

Help us to grasp our oneness, Lord,
With you,

By loving you
In all creation:

Creatures,
People,

Earth, sky,
And ourselves.

We ask this through
Your dear Son’s name.

Amen (7).

References

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

2. There is a spirit within people, the breath of the Almighty within them (Job 32:8; NLT).

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

In him we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28, NIV).

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

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

God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5; NIV).

The Lord is one (Mark 12:29; NIV).

5. I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you (John 17:21; NLT).

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

6. God is Spirit (John 4:24; NLT).

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

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

Those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed […] into immortal bodies (1 Corinthians 15:52-3; NLT).

7. You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength [and] Love your neighbour as yourself. No other commandment is greater than these (Mark 12:30-31; NLT).