From death to birth

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At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:10-11; NLT).

1. May your light shine, Lord God,
In every mind,
Then Christ will guide the steps
Of humankind.

2. May your truth reign, Lord God,
In every heart,
Then Christ will be our lantern
In the dark.

3. May your love dwell, Lord God,
In every soul,
Then Christ will be the grace
That makes us whole.

4. May your peace rule, Lord God,
Throughout the earth,
Then Christ will lead us all
From death to birth.


References

1. God is light (1 John 1:5; NLT).

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

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

I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life (John 8:12; NLT).

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

You know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 8:9; NLT).

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

Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins (Ephesians 2:1; NLT).

He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and a new life through the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5; NLT).

Sparks fly up

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1. Sparks fly up throughout the night;
In the morning: blinding light.

2. At mid-day, the sun descends;
Three o’clock: your torment ends.

3. Then, as night falls, you are laid
In a tomb our hands have made.

4. When the Sabbath day is done,
Women haste to mourn God’s Son,

5. But death can’t keep you in its thrall,
For you are Christ, who saves us all.

References

1. Peter followed him [Jesus] at a distance and went right into the high priest’s courtyard. There he sat with the guards, warming himself by the fire (Mark 14:54; NLT).

Then Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. And Pilate said, “Look, here is the man!” (John 19:5; NLT).

As the crowds gathered before Pilate’s house that morning, he asked them, “Which one do you want me to release to you – Barabbas, or Jesus?” (Matthew 27:17; NLT).

2. By this time it was about noon, and darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock. The light from the sun was gone (Luke 23:44-5; NLT).

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

3. [Joseph] took the body down from the cross and wrapped it in a long sheet of linen cloth and laid it in a new tomb that had been carved out of rock (Luke 23:53; NLT).

Because it was the day of preparation for the Jewish Passover and since the time was close at hand, they laid Jesus there (John 19:42; NLT).

4. Very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared (Luke 24:1; NLT).

5. God released him from the horrors of death and raised him back to life, for death could not keep him in its grip (Acts 2:24; NLT).

Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners (1 Timothy 1:15; NLT).

Enlightenment

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The true light that enlightens everyone was coming into the world (John 1:9; HNV).

He is a light to reveal God to the nations (Luke 2:32; NLT).

1. Jesus,
You’re a candle
Enlightening my mind,
Showing me God’s narrow way:
Love everyone; be kind.

2. Jesus,
You’re a lantern
Shining in my heart,
Showing me God’s narrow way:
Help those whose lives are dark.

3. Jesus,
You’re a beacon
Blazing in my soul,
Showing me God’s narrow way:
Befriend; support; console.

References

1. When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12; NIV).

The gateway to life is very narrow and the road difficult, and only a few ever find it (Matthew 7:13-14; NLT).

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12:9; NLT).

Be kind to everyone (2 Timothy 2:24; NLT).

2. O Lord, you are my lamp. The Lord lights up my darkness (2 Samuel 22:29; NLT).

The people who walk in darkness will see a great light (Isaiah 9:2; NLT).

Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all (Mark 9:35; NIV).

3. I am the light of the world (John 8:12; NIV).

Trust in the Lord, and do good (Psalm 37:3; NLT).

You are my friends (John 15:15; NLT).

He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others (2 Corinthians 1:4; NLT).

Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me (Matthew 25:40; NIV).

Darkness (#1 of 2 linked prayers)


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

Pray about everything (Philippians 4:6; NLT).
Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge (Psalm 62:8; NLT).
You desire honesty from the womb (Psalm 51:6; NLT).

1. I have nothing to offer
But darkness.

2. Nothing to give
But my tears.

3. Nothing to say, Lord,
But: Help me.

4. Nothing to share
But my fears.

References

1. You have taken away my companions and my loved ones. Darkness is my closest friend (Psalm 88:18; NLT).

2. You have fed us with sorrow and made us drink tears by the bucketful (Psalm 80:5; NLT).

3. I am in trouble, Lord. Help me! (Isaiah 38:14; NLT).

4. Fear and trembling overwhelm me (Psalm 55:5; NLT).

Waves

1. Waves of darkness
And of of light,

2. Waves of tenderness
And might;

3. Waves of rapture
And of fear,

4. Waves of love:
The Lord is here.

References

1. Clouds and thick darkness surround him (Psalm 97:2; NIV).
God is light (1 John 1:5; NLT).

2. The Lord is full of tenderness (James 5:11; NLT).
He is mighty in both power and understanding (Job 36:5; NLT).

3. In his shadow have I rapture (Song of Songs 2:3; DBY).
The Lord is a friend to those who fear him (Psalm 25:14; NLT).

4. God is love (1 John 4:16; NLT).
Surely the Lord is in this place, and I wasn’t even aware of it! (Genesis 28:16; NLT).

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Deep within our darkness

1. Deep within our darkness, Lord –
Your kingdom.

2. Deep within our darkness, Lord –
Your grace.

3. Deep within our darkness, Lord –
Your temple.

4. Deep within our darkness –
Your embrace.

References

1. Darkness is my closest friend (Psalm 88:18; NLT).

The kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:21; KJV).

2. You live under the freedom of God’s grace (Romans 6:14; NLT).

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

4. His right arm embraces me (Song of Songs 2:6; NLT).