Our Promised Land


He has known your walking through this great wilderness (Deuteronomy 2:7; HNV).

1. There’s nothing else
We need to do in death:
Our work is done.

2. There’s nowhere else
We need to go:
Our race on earth is run.

3. There’s no one else
We need to see but God,
Who takes our hand,

4. And gently draws us
Back into his soul:
Our Promised Land.

References

1. When Jesus had tasted [the sour wine], he said, “It is finished!” Then he bowed his head and released his spirit (John 19:30; NLT).

2. Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us (Hebrews 12:1; NLT).

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

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

He chose the Promised Land for our inheritance (Psalm 47:4; NLT).

Stardust

1. Lord, you make all things
From nothing,
Then you fashion us
From clay.

2. Lord, you give us
All the world,
And offer us
Your perfect way.

3. Lord, you grant
Your Holy Spirit,
Filling us with love,
And breath.

4. Lord, you send
Your only Son,
So we can share
His life and death.

5. Lord, you dwell
Within our hearts,
To help us learn
What’s really true:

6. Though our bones
Return to stardust,
Every soul
Is one with you.

References

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

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

2. God blessed [human beings] and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it” (Genesis 1:28; NLT).

God’s way is perfect (2 Samuel 22:31; NLT).

3. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person (Genesis 2:7; NLT).

He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love (Romans 5:5; NLT).

4. 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).

Then [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).

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

You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free (John 8:32; NLT).

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

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

Nothing can ever separate us from God’s love (Romans 8:35-8; 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).

Without you

I am nothing but dust and ashes (Genesis 18:27; NIV).

1. Father,
Without you I’m nothing –
Vulnerable flesh and bone.

2. Mary,
Without you I’m nothing –
Motherless and all alone.

3. Jesus,
Without you I’m nothing –
Sinful, weak, condemned to death.

4. Spirit,
Without you I’m nothing –
You alone give life and breath.

References

1. You lived in this world without God and without hope (Ephesians 2:12; NLT).

2. He said to this disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from then on this disciple took her into his home (John 19:27; NLT).

3. The wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23; NLT).

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

Always one with you

I sent them away to exile and brought them home again (Ezekiel 39:28; NLT).

1. Lord,
We’re one with you
From the beginning;
Always one with you
Before our birth.

2. Lord,
We’re one with you
While we’re in exile;
Always one with you
Here on the earth.

3. Lord,
We’re one with you
While we are living;
Always one with you
Till our last breath.

4. Lord,
We’re one with you
As we are dying;
And always one with you
Beyond our death.

References

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

2. I will be a sanctuary to you during your time in exile (Ezekiel 11:16; NLT).

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

I will praise my God to my last breath (Psalm 104:33; NLT).

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

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

Without you

I am nothing but dust and ashes (Genesis 18:27; NIV).

1. Without you I  am nothing, Father –
Finite flesh and fragile bone.

2. Without you I am nothing, Mary –
Motherless, and all alone.

3. Without you I am nothing, Jesus –
Sinful, weak, condemned to death.

4. Without you I am nothing, Spirit –
You alone give life and breath.

References

1. You lived in this world without God and without hope (Ephesians 2:12; NLT).

We ourselves are like fragile clay jars (2 Corinthians 4:7; NLT).

2. He said to this disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from then on this disciple took her into his home (John 19:27; NLT).

3. The wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23; NLT).

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

From earth to infinity

1. From earth, Lord, to infinity
We all return, one day.

2. From suffering to perfect health
Our spirits fly away.

3. From wretchedness to happiness
Our souls, at last, will come

4. From death to immortality,
When our race has been run.

5. Yet all this can be ours in life:
Your kingdom is so near

6. A prayer, kind word, or action
And your kingdom, Lord, is here.

7. Then we will live in heaven on earth,
Released from fear and sin,

8. United in our love, Lord,
For your kingdom is within!

References

1. Return, O my soul, to your rest (Psalm 116:7: ESV).

2. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain (Revelation 21:4; NLT).

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

4. To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honour and immortality, he will give eternal life (Romans 2:7; NIV).
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful (2 Timothy 4:7; NLT).

5. Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven (Philippians 1:27; NLT).
The Kingdom of God is near (Luke 10:11; NLT).

6. Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12:9; NLT).
The Kingdom of God is already among you (Luke 17:21; NLT).

7. Perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18; NKJV).
He gave his life to free us from from every kind of sin (Titus 2:14; NLT).

8. Whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17; NIV).
The kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:21; NKJV).