I pray for peace

Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it
(Psalm 34:14; NIV).

I pray for peace in every mind,
In every heart, Lord,
Every soul.
May every life be filled with peace –
Forgive us;
Make us whole.

I pray that peace will reign on earth.
Lord, hear me:
Bring an end to war!
May every nation live in peace –
Today,
And evermore.

He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war any more (Isaiah 2:4; NIV).


References 

God is not a God of disorder but of peace (1 Corinthians 14:33; NLT).

I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them; and I will bless them and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore (Ezekiel 37:26; RSV). 

A child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end (Isaiah 9:6-7; NIV).

God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross (Colossians 1:19-20; NIV).

This is the message of Good News for the people of Israel, that there is peace with God through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all (Acts 10:36; NLT).

I will make peace your leader and righteousness your ruler. Violence will disappear from your land; the desolation and destruction of war will end. Salvation will surround you like city walls, and praise will be on the lips of all who enter there. No longer will you need the sun to shine by day, nor the moon to give its light by night, for the Lord your God will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory. Your sun will never set; your moon will not go down. For the Lord will be your everlasting light. Your days of mourning will come to an end. All your people will be righteous. They will possess their land forever (Isaiah 60:18-21; NLT).

Our Father reigns

The Lord is King forever and ever!
(Psalm 10:16; NLT). 

1. Our Father reigns
In heaven and earth.

2. His Son is present
In us all.

3. His Spirit waits
Within each soul.

4. His one desire:
To make us whole.

🖤

His hands make whole.
(Job 5:18; NHEB).


References

1. O Lord, God of our ancestors, you alone are the God who is in heaven. You are ruler of all the kingdoms of the earth (2 Chronicles 20:6; NLT).

2. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us (Colossians 3:11; NLT).

3. Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19; NLT). 

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

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


 


Beginning

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
(Genesis 1:1; KJV).

1. Father: the beginning;
Heaven and earth
Created out of love. 

2. Holy Ghost: descending
Over sunless waters,
Like a dove.

3. Jesus Christ: forgiving;
Light in darkness
Ceaselessly outpoured.

4. Here I am: returning
To paradise, with you,
My living Lord.

🖤

Pray continually.
(1 Thessalonians 5:16; NIV).

 


References

1. In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth (Genesis 1:1; KJV). 

2. As Jesus came up out of the water, he saw the heavens splitting apart and the Holy Spirit descending on him like a dove (Mark 1:10; NLT).

The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters (Genesis 1:2; KJV).

3. Through this man Jesus there is forgiveness for your sins (Acts 13:38; NLT).  

The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it (John 1:4-5; NLT). 

4. Then the Lord called Samuel, and he answered, “Here I am” (1 Samuel 3:4; CSB). 

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

Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43; NIV).

The Lord lives! (2 Samuel 22:47; NLT).

 


 

Christmas Day 2021

The star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were filled with joy (Matthew 2:9-10; NLT).

Keep following Christ’s shining star,
Rejoicing in his precious birth.

Keep thanking God for our great gift:
His Son, sent down to live on earth.

Keep walking in Christ’s humble steps,
Delighting in his narrow way.

Keep serving him the best you can:
Then you will be like him, one day.

✝️

 We will be like him (1 John 3:2; NLT).

 


Christ’s birth

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).

Thank you, Lord, for loving us,
And giving us your only Son,

So we can believe in him
And follow him on earth.

Then we will not perish, Lord,
For he will lead us back to you:

Reunited, evermore –
Lord, thank you for Christ’s birth. 

🖤

The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God (Luke 1:35; KJV). 

She gave birth to her first child, a son.
(Luke 2:7; NLT).

 


Moving backwards

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).

Lord,
As we kill, pollute, exploit
And burn,
We’re moving backwards
All the time –
Back to the very dawn
Of this ancient world.

Lord,
If we don’t repent
And change our ways,
We’ll render your fertile planet
Lifeless –
Barren, flooded, and dark,
As fast as we can.

Lord,
With blind eyes, closed minds
And greedy hearts,
We’re blundering back
To the start of evolution.
Empty, extinct, formless and void –
This Earth will cease to exist.

Then,
All will be as it was
Before creation –
Before your Spirit
Brooded over the deep;
Before you spoke, Lord,
Long before time began.

✝️

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day (Genesis 1:1-5; KJV).

 


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).

 


This fragile place

Ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature (Romans 1:20; NLT). 

Lord,
You made this fragile place,
So those who search for you each day
Can always find you,
Always praise,
For they will see
Your face.

Lord,
You gave your only Son,
So those who put their trust in him
Will never perish,
Never die,
But dwell with you,
As one.

Lord,
You send your Spirit, too,
So those who take him to their heart,
Although they suffer,
Though they sin,
Will live in love,
With you.

💙

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

 


Healing (for R.B.)

The Lord is King forever and ever!
(Psalm 10:16; NLT). 

1. The Lord is King of heaven and earth,
Yet stoops to offer us his love.

2. His Son is here, in everyone,
Ready to teach us what is good.

3. His Holy Spirit waits in all
To heal in flesh, mind, heart, and soul.

4. He longs for us to turn to him;
His one desire: to make us whole.

🧡

His hands make whole
(Job 5;18; NHEB).


References

1. O Lord, God of our ancestors, you alone are the God who is in heaven. You are ruler of all the kingdoms of the earth (2 Chronicles 20:6; NLT).

He stoops to look down on heaven and on earth (Psalm 113:6; NLT). 

He loves us with unfailing love (Psalm 117:2; NLT).

2. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us (Colossians 3:11; NLT).

Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect (Romans 12:2; NLT).

3. Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19; NLT). 

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

Think of it – the Lord is ready to heal me! (Isaiah 38:20; NLT). 

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


 

Oneness

Blessed art thou,
O Lord the God of Israel,
our Father from eternity to eternity
(1 Chronicles 29:10; DRB).

Blessed are you, Lord,
The Maker of heaven
And earth.

You are over, within,
And living through
All you create.

We live and move,
And have being, Lord,
Only in you.

We are one with you,
One with all people,
And all that exists.

There is no beginning;
No past, and no future;
No end –

Just this timeless moment, Lord,
One
In your infinite love.


God is love
(John 4:16; NLT).

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