Give and take

1. You give, Lord God,
And also take away,

2. For you know everything
We need to learn

3. In exile here on earth,
So, when we die,

4. Our souls will long for you, Lord,
And return.

References

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

2. You will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect (Romans 12:2; NLT).

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

4. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water (Psalm 63:1; NLT).

Return, O my soul, to your rest (Psalm 116:7; NLT).

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

You give us bodies

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

1. You give us bodies
Made from dust;
To dust they will return.

2. You lend us minds,
Though they will die,
No matter what we learn.

3. You loan us hearts,
Just for a while,
So we can seek your face;

4. But our souls, Lord,
Are part of you:
Our source, and resting-place.

References

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

2. We have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16; NLT).

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

3. I will […] give you a heart of flesh (Ezekiel 36:26; NIV).

Seek his face always (1 Chronicles 16:11; NIV).

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

He himself gives life and breath to everything (Acts 17:25; NLT).

His resting place shall be glorious (Isaiah 11:10; NKJV).