Death isn’t a disaster

When our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die,
this Scripture will be fulfilled: “Death is swallowed up in victory”
(1 Corinthians 15:54-5; NLT).

1. Death isn’t a disaster:
It’s the final trip we make
When our exile here is done,
The road that all must take.

2. Death isn’t a disaster,
For it brings us back to God
Along the way that all must walk:
The path that Jesus trod.

3. Death isn’t a disaster;
Whether life is short or long
It brings us to his Kingdom,
Where the weak will be made strong.

4. Death isn’t a disaster;
When our pilgrimage is through,
It brings us to eternal life:
United, Lord, with you.


References

1. I am your guest – a traveller passing through, as my ancestors were before me (Psalm 39:12; NLT).

2. He [Jesus] humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross (Philippians 2:8; NLT).

3. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever (Revelation 21:4; NLT).

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

Abba

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1. Abba,
Please forgive my sins,
So I may rest in you
And share your peace.

2. Adonai,
Please heal my ills,
So I may serve your people
Without cease.

3. El Shaddai,
Please redeem my soul,
So I may see your face
Beyond death’s shore.

4. Elohim,
Please crown my life,
So I may sing your praise
For evermore.


References

1. *Abba: The God who is our Daddy

He forgives all my sins (Psalm 103:3; NLT).

You will experience God’s peace (Philippians 4:7; NLT).

2. *Adonai: The God who is in charge

He […] heals all my diseases (Psalm 103:3; NLT).

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

3. *El Shaddai: The Almighty God

He redeems me from death (Psalm 103:4; NLT).

Now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face (1 Corinthians 13:12; NRSV).

4. *Elohim: The Creator God

He […] crowns me with love and tender mercies (Psalm 103:4; NLT).

Let all that I am praise the Lord (Psalm 103:1; NLT).

*Translations of God’s titles: bibleinfo.com

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).

Three-In-One

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1. Father,
The divinity of God:
You form us,
Then you give us life and breath.

2. Jesus,
The humanity of God:
You came to earth
To set us free from death.

3. Spirit,
The veracity of God:
You come to bring us power
From above.

4. Three-In-One,
The unity of God:
You long for us
To join your dance of love.


References

1. You created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13; NIV).

He himself gives everyone life and breath (Acts 17:25; NIV).

2. Though he [Jesus] was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being (Philippians 2:6-7; NLT).

He [God] gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:57; NLT).

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

Stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven (Luke 24:49; NLT).

4. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19; NIV).

The Lord our God, the Lord is one (Deuteronomy 6:4; NIV).

The Lord longs to be gracious to you (Isaiah 30:18; NIV).

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

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

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).

There is no path

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1. There is no path
I want to take
But yours, O Son of Man.

2. There is no truth
I want to grasp
But yours, most Holy Lamb.

3. There are no words
I want to say
But yours, O Jesse’s Rod.

4. There are no deeds
I want to do
But yours, dear Son of God.

5. There is no life
I want to lead
But yours, O Constant Guide.

6. There is no death
I want to share
But yours, Christ Crucified.


Reference

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6; NLT).

I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death (Philippians 3:10; NLT).

Teach me, Lord

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1. Teach me, Lord,
To follow in your footsteps,
So I may grow, through prayer,
Much more like you.

2. Train me, Lord,
To face each test with courage,
For then I will rejoice
In all I do.

3. Help me, Lord,
To carry my cross daily,
Thanking you,
No matter what you send.

4. Guide me, Lord,
Through death’s dark, lonely valley,
So I may rest in you
Beyond life’s end.

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References

1. Teach me your ways, O Lord (Psalm 86:11; NLT).

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

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).

2. I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go (Psalm 32:8; RSV).

I will restore the crushed spirit of the humble and revive the courage of those with repentant hearts (Isaiah 57:15; NLT).

Rejoice always (1 Thessalonians 5:16; NIV).

3. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy (Psalm 28:7; NLT).

Then he [Jesus] 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).

Give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18; NIV).

The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised (Job 1:21; NIV).

4. Your hand will guide me, and your strength support me (Psalm 139:10; NLT).

Even when I walk through the dark valley of death, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me (Psalm 23:4; NLT, alternative translation).

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

Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you (Psalm 116:7; NIV).

Rest in God alone, my soul (Psalm 62:5; CSB).