Contemplation

I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love
(Romans 8:38; NLT).

1. To contemplation, Lord,
I bring my body –
My weakness, tiredness,
Restlessness and pain.

2. To contemplation, Lord,
I bring my thinking –
My hidden judgements,
Envy and disdain.

3. To contemplation, Lord,
I bring my feelings –
My sorrow, longing,
Anger, guilt, and fear.

4. To contemplation, Lord,
I bring my spirit –
My faith, and hope, and love,
For you are here.

References

1. The flesh is weak (Mark 14:38; NIV).

2. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away (Psalm 139:2; NLT).

3. The Lord looks at the heart (1 Samuel 16:7; NIV).

4. Three things will last forever – faith, hope, and love – and the greatest of these is love (1 Corinthians 13:13; NLT).

God is with us (Matthew 1:23; NLT).

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).

Live in Christ


In him we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28; NIV).

1. Live in Christ,
And in his peace,
Then you will share his joy.

2. Live in Christ,
And in his light,
Then you will share his path.

3. Live in Christ,
And in his truth,
Then you will share his faith.

4. Live in Christ,
And in his love,
Then you will share his grace.

References

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

Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone (Romans 12:18; NLT).

Jesus was filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit (Luke 10:21; NLT).

2. I am the light of the world (John 8:12; NLT).

He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light (Colossians 1:12; NLT). 

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6; NLT).

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

Grace, mercy, and peace, which come from God the Father and from Jesus Christ – the Son of the Father – will continue to be with us who live in truth and love (2 John 1:3; NLT).

Jesus said to his disciples, “Have faith in God” (Mark 11:22; NLT).

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

All of you share in God’s grace (Philippians 1:7; NIV).

Joy

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity,
faithfulness, gentleness and self-control
(Galatians 5:22-3; NRSV).

1. Lord,
May I do everything
With joy,
So others glimpse
Your earthly paradise.

2. Lord,
May I do everything
With faith,
So others comprehend
Your sacrifice.

3. Lord,
May I do everything
With love,
So others understand
That you are near.

4. Lord,
May I do everything
With prayer,
So others grasp
That you are always here.

References

1. Always be joyful (1 Thessalonians 5:16; NLT).

The kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:21; KJV).

2. Don’t be afraid. Just have faith (Mark 5:36; NLT).

By the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins (Hebrews 9:14; NLT).

3. Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12:9; NLT).

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. Never stop praying (1 Thessalonians 5:17; NLT).

Be sure of this: I am with you always (Matthew 28:20; NLT).

Distraught

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you (Psalm 56:3; NIV).

1. Father God, I’m scared –
Help me to trust you.

2. Jesus, help me,
For my faith falls short.

3. Mary, much-loved Mother –
Please support me.

4. Holy Spirit, help me:
I’m distraught.

References

1. Fear and trembling have beset me; horror has overwhelmed me (Psalm 55:5; NIV).

Trust in God (John 14;1; NLT).

2. Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief”
(Mark 9:24; NIV).

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

These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus (Acts 1:14; NKJV).

4. Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer (Psalm 4:1; NIV).

My soul is in deep anguish. How long, Lord, how long? (Psalm 6:3; NIV).

Faith, hope and love

Everything we have comes from you,
and we give you only what you first gave us.
(1 Chronicles 29:14; NLT).

Lord,

1. Thank you for your gift of faith,
Poured out on us each day.

2. Thank you for your gift of hope,
Which helps us as we pray.

3. Thank you for your gift of love,
Which blesses all we do.

4. Thank you for your gift of life:
We give it back to you.

References

1. There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all (1 Corinthians 12:4; NLT).

2. Put your hope in God (Psalm 42:5; NIV).

3. The Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love (Galatians 5:22; NLT).

4. He gives breath to everyone, life to everyone who walks the earth (Isaiah 42:5; NLT).

Thank you for your fire

1. Thank you for your fire, Lord,
In my life;
My fears and failures;
All I have attained.

2. Thank you for your truth, Lord,
In my mind;
My pain and loss;
The wisdom I have gained.

3. Thank you for your peace, Lord,
In my heart;
My faith and hope;
The trust I place in you.

4. Thank you for your love, Lord,
In my soul;
My help in all I think,
And say, and do.

References

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

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

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

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

When clouds conceal the sun

I will never leave you, nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5; NKJV).

1. When clouds conceal the sun, Lord,
It still shines.

2. When worry veils our hopes,
You are still near.

3. When sickness dims our faith,
You are still close.

4. When grief enshrouds our love,
You are still here.

References

2. The Lord is near (Philippians 4:5; NIV).

3. The Lord is close to all who call on him (Psalm 145:18; NLT).

4. God is with us (Matthew 1:23; NLT).

Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect me and comfort me (Psalm 23:4; NLT).