Healing

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Seek peace (Psalm 34:14; NIV).

1. Healing is a painful, lifelong journey:
A pilgrimage
In search of inner peace.

2. I struggle up the path to my next insight;
What joy to reach the top,
And what relief!

3. But every crest reveals a higher mountain,
And more beyond,
As far as I can see,

4. Until, at last, I glimpse my destination:
The hill, Lord, where you died
To set me free.


References

1. He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds (Psalm 147:3; NLT).

Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage […] They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion (Psalm 84:5,7; NIV).

I search for peace (Psalm 120:7; NLT).

2. Send out your light and your truth; let them guide me. Let them lead me to your holy mountain, to the place where you live (Psalm 43:3; NLT).

Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand (Philippians 4:7; NLT).

3. The mountain of the Lord’s house will be the highest of all (Isaiah 2:2; NLT).

4. It is high and magnificent; the whole earth rejoices to see it! Mount Zion, the holy mountain, is the city of the great King! (Psalm 48:2; NLT).

They brought Jesus to a place called Golgotha […] Then the soldiers nailed him to the cross (Mark 15:22,24; NLT).

Christ […] has died as a ransom to set them free (Hebrews 9:15; NIV).

If the Son sets you free, you are truly free (John 8:36; NLT).

One day

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

1. One day, my soul
Will leave this flesh behind:

2. I’ll take my final breath,
Get out of bed,

3. And walk away, Lord,
Into the blue beyond.

4. Then, gathering strength
With every joyful step,

5. I’ll rise into the air
On eagles’ wings

6. To meet you, Lord,
As all creation sings.


References

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

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

3. They shall walk and not faint (Isaiah 40:31; NKJV).

There they saw the God of Israel. Under his feet there seemed to be a surface of brilliant blue lapis lazuli, as clear as the sky itself (Exodus 24:10; NLT).

4. Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength (Isaiah 40:31; NKJV).

Ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace (Isaiah 55:12; KJV).

5. They shall mount up with wings like eagles (Isaiah 40:31; NKJV).

6. We […] will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air (1 Thessalonians 4:17; NLT).

Return to me, for I have redeemed you. Sing for joy, you heavens, for the Lord has done this; shout aloud, you earth beneath. Burst into song, you mountains, you forests and all your trees (Isaiah 44:23; NIV).

God is the fire

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1. God is the fire
That blazes in darkness.
God is the lamp
That lights up the way.

2. God is the voice
That whispers in silence.
God is the truth
That goes out each day.

3. God is the peace
That settles in stillness.
God is the friend
That shares every loss.

4. God is the hope
That lives on forever.
God is the love
That died on the cross.


References

1. God is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; NIV). 

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

2. After the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper (1 Kings 19:12; NLT).

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

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

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

4. You are my hope, O Lord God (Psalm 71:5; NKJV).

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

Like Christ

Those who say they live in God
should live their lives as Jesus did
(1 John 2:6; NLT).


1. Father,
May I follow Christ,
And, like him, take your narrow way.

2. Father,
May I worship Christ,
And, like him, talk with you each day.

3. Father,
May I live in Christ,
And, like him, serve through all I do.

4. Father,
May I die with Christ,
And, like him, reunite with you.

When Christ appears, we shall be like him
(1 John 3:2; NIV).


References

1. [Christ] is your example, and you must follow in his steps (1 Peter 2:21; NLT).

Walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us (Ephesians 5:2; NIV).

2. Worship Christ as Lord of your life (1 Peter 3:15; NLT)

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed (Mark 1:35; NIV).

3. Just as you have received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him (Colossians 2:6; CSB).

Since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you (John 13:14-15; NLT).

4. If we die with him, we will also live with him (2 Timothy 2:11; NLT).

The Father and I are one (John 10:30; NLT).

The dust will return to the earth, and the spirit will return to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; NLT).

We are dying

We live in the face of death
(2 Corinthians 4:12; NLT).

Father,

1. We are dying
All day long,
Even in the flower
Of our youth.

2. We do not know the day, Lord,
Or the hour –
Jesus simply tells
The honest truth.

3. The time will come
When we must lose our lives.
Prepared or not,
We take our final breath.

4. Then we must stand
Before your judgement seat,
To face you, blessed Lord,
Beyond our death.


References

1. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day (2 Corinthians 4:16; NLT).

Seventy years are given to us! Some even live to eighty. But even the best years are filled with pain and trouble; soon they disappear and we fly away (Psalm 90:10; NLT).

All of us must die eventually (2 Samuel 14:14; NLT).

2. How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog – it’s here a little while, then it’s gone (James 4:14; NLT).

You too must keep watch! For you do not know the day or hour of my return (Matthew 25:13; NLT).

3. Our lives are in his hands (Psalm 66:9; NLT).

The Lord gives both death and life (1 Samuel 2:6; NLT).

4. Remember, we will all stand before the judgement seat of God (Romans 14:10; NLT).