Maker of land

The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden
to work it and take care of it (Genesis 2:15; NIV).

Maker of land, and sea,
And sky:
We have done wrong;
May we lament.

Author of darkness, cloud,
And fire:
Lord, we have sinned;
May we repent.

Sender of drought, disease,
And flood:
Teach us to care,
And change, as well,

For you give us birth, and life
And death:
But we turn your Eden
Into our hell.

✝️

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

 


Hold my spirit (for B.B.)

Lord,

1. Hold my spirit in your arms
While I’m still in this body.

2. Hold my spirit in your arms,
For death will come, one day.

3. Hold my spirit in your arms
When I must leave this body.

4. Hold my spirit in your arms
For evermore, I pray.

🖤


References

1. The eternal God is your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you (Deuteronomy 33:27; NLT).

2. No one can live forever; all will die. No one can escape the power of the grave (Psalm 89:48; NLT).

3. Yea, 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).

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

You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever (Psalm 16:11; NLT).

 


 

Life is short

How frail is humanity! How short is life, how full of trouble!
(Job 14:1; NLT).

No one can live forever; all will die.
(Psalm 89:48; NLT).

Life is short;
From birth, I face its end.
Life is hard,
But I am in your hand.
Life is a test,
Yet you, Lord, care from on high:
Sharing my sorrows;
Hearing every sigh.

Life is short,
And death is drawing near.
Life is hard,
But I am safe, with you.
Life is a test,
Yet you, Lord, come from above:
Sharing my anguish;
Pouring out your love.

Life is short;
My days are numbered here.
Life is hard,
But I need have no fear.
Life is a test,
Yet you, Lord, suffer within:
Sharing my pain, my failure,
And my sin.

Life is short;
My time on earth is brief.
Life is hard,
But I belong to you.
Life is a test,
Yet you, Lord, dwell in my soul:
Sharing my life and death,
To make me whole.

🖤

He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that made us whole, and with his stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5; RSV).

 


In your hands

I trust in you, Lord; I say, “You are my God.”
My times are in your hands.

(Psalm 31:14-15; NIV).

Lord,

1. Before you form us all,
Our souls are in your hands,

2. And as you give us birth, Lord,
You keep us in your hands.

3. While we live in exile,
You bear us in your hands,

4. And, when we are dying,
You hold us in your hands.

5. Then, beyond our death, Lord,
We never leave your hands,

6. So, no matter what we face,
We’re always in your hands.

♥️

Whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.
(Romans 14:8; NIV).

 


References 

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

2. The life of every living creature and the spirit in every human body are in his hands (Job 12:10; GWT). 

3. In all their affliction He was afflicted, and the Angel of His Presence saved them; in His love and in His pity He redeemed them; and He bore them and carried them (Isaiah 63:9; NKJV). 

My future is in your hands (Psalm 31:15; NLT). 

4. Yea, 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). 

Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands (Luke 23:46; NLT). 

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

6. I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow – not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below – indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38-9; NLT).

 


 

Born again (#2 of 2)

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

Not for deeds that we had done, but by his steadfast love alone, he saved us through a second birth, renewed us by the Spirit’s work,
and poured him out upon us, too.
(Titus 3:5-6; ISV).

Father,
Being born again
Means starting life afresh,
No longer thinking we’re alone,
But trusting, Lord, in you.

Jesus,
Being born again
Means starting life once more,
No longer lost in self alone,
But serving, Lord, like you.

Spirit,
Being born again
Means starting life anew,
No longer facing death alone,
But walking, Lord, with you.

💚

Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God – truly righteous and holy.
(Ephesians 4:21-4; NLT).

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.
(Psalm 23:4; KJV).

 


Remembrance Day

Nation will go to war against nation,
and kingdom against kingdom.
(Matthew 24:7; NLT). 

I pray for all
Who go to war:
They suffer fear, like you;

For all whose lives
Are scarred by war:
They know your anguish, too.

I pray for all those
Crushed by war:
They share your pain, dear Lord;

For all those
Who are killed by war:
Each lonely death, like yours.

♥️

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
(Mark 15:34; NLT).

 


In birth (for C.)

The eternal God is our hiding place; he carries us in his arms.
(Deuteronomy 33:27; CEV).

In birth,
We have no sense of loss:
You keep us in your warm embrace.
Lord, we are always dear to you,
Safe in your mercy, love and grace.

In life,
Whatever we confront,
You carry us, and share each tear.
Lord, we are always close to you,
Even in sorrow, pain and fear.

In death,
We have no cause for dread:
You hold us, as we quit this flesh.
Lord, we are always part of you,
Despite our sickness and distress.

In bliss,
Our souls will see your face;
Your hands make whole; your presence calms.
Lord, we are always one with you,
Safe in your everlasting arms.

💙

The eternal God is your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you.
(Deuteronomy 33:27; NLT).

 


Sharing (for B.A.)

Praise be to the Lord, to God our Saviour,
who daily bears our burdens.
(Psalm 68:19; NIV). 

Father,
You are here within us,
Sharing all our joys and fears.

Jesus,
You are here within us,
Sharing all our pain and tears.

Spirit,
You are here within us,
Sharing every sigh; each breath.

So, may we share all
With you, Lord,
Here, on earth, and after death.

🤎

Pour out your heart to him,
for God is our refuge.
(Psalm 62:8; NLT).

 


I breathe you in


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

I breathe you in,
And breathe you out;
Your presence makes me whole.

I breathe you in,
And breathe you out;
One body, and one soul.

I breathe you in,
And breathe you out,
No matter what you send.

I breathe you in,
And breathe you out, Lord God,
Until life’s end.

💛

I will sing praises to my God with my dying breath.
(Psalm 146:2; NLT).

 


Close my eyes (#1 of 3)

Since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for (1 John 5:15; NLT).

Lord,
Please close my eyes in prayer,
Then I will see you everywhere. 

Lord,
Please close my eyes in sleep,
And let it be both calm, and deep.

Lord,
Please close my eyes in death,
As I release my final breath. 

🖤

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