The breath of life

1. Lord,
You are the Breath of Life:
Our flesh, our bones, our blood;
Our strength, our mind, our heartbeat,
Our spirit, and our love.

2. Lord,
You are the Bread of Life:
Our water, and our wine;
Our land, our flocks, our shelter,
Our harvest, and our vine.

3. Lord,
You are the Light of Life:
Our lantern, staff, and rod;
Our way, our guide, our Shepherd,
Our Saviour, and our God.

4. Lord,
You are the Book of Life:
Our crucible, our soul;
Our faith, our hope, our passion,
Our dawning, and our goal.

References

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

2. I am the bread of life (John 6:48; NLT).

3. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life
(John 8:12; NIV).

4. I will never erase their names from the Book of Life (Revelation 3:5; NLT).

Faith

1. Faith is more important, Lord,
Than clothes;
Than fashion, beauty, hairstyle,
Weight, or frame.

2. Hope is more important, Lord,
Than wealth;
Than status, popularity,
Or fame.

3. Love is more important, Lord,
Than food;
Than fancy diets,
Or the latest craze;

4. But You are most important, Lord,
Of all;
So I will seek your kingdom
All my days.

References

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

Do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat, nor about your body, what you shall put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing (Luke 12:22-3; RSV).

2. You cannot serve both God and money (Luke 16:13; NLT).

3. Love is the fulfilment of the law (Romans 13:10; NIV).

4. Your unfailing love is better than life itself (Psalm 63:3; NLT).

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need (Luke 12:31; NLT).

The mystery of God

There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father,
who is over all and in all and living through all.
(Ephesians 4:6; NLT).

1. One strength, one heart,
One soul, one mind;
One Father, who makes
Humankind.

2. One way, one truth,
One life for all;
One Son, who saves us
When we fall.

3. One peace, one faith,
One hope, one love;
One Spirit, sent
From heaven above.

4. One Lord, one God,
One Trinity;
One flesh, one blood,
One mystery.

References

1. You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind (Luke 10:27; NLT).
He himself gives life and breath to everything (Acts 17:25; NLT).

2. Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6; NLT).
Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners (1 Timothy 1:15; NLT).

3. Three things will last forever – faith, hope, and love (1 Corinthians 13:13; NLT).
I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised (Luke 24:49; NLT).

4. There is only one God (Romans 3:30; NLT).
Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you cannot have eternal life within you (John 6:53; NLT).
The wisdom we speak of is the mystery of God (1 Corinthians 2:7; NLT).

Exile

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

1. Father, we are part of you,
Till, one by one, you give us birth,
Then we must leave your glory
To be exiled on this earth.

2. Here, you give us much to learn –
Faith, forgiveness, kindness, peace –
By following your only Son,
And praying without cease.

3. When it’s time, you bring us home,
There’s nothing left for us to do
Except to be re-born in love,
And reunite with you.

References

1. I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1:5; NLT).
He chose to give birth to us (James 1:18; NLT).
I will be a sanctuary to you during your time in exile (Ezekiel 11:16; NLT).

2. Put on your new nature, created to be like God (Ephesians 4:24; NLT).
The Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-3; NLT).
Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me” (Mark 1:17; NLT).
Pray continually (1 Thessalonians 5:17; NIV).

3. You do not know the day or hour of my return (Matthew 25:13; NLT).
The dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; NIV).

Like you

Jesus,
You’re our perfect Brother –
Everything you say is true.
Help us learn to speak the truth
In love, so we grow more like you.

Mary,
You’re our perfect Mother –
Faith in God guides all you do.
Help us learn to trust the Father,
So we may rejoice, like you.

Spirit,
You’re our perfect Sister –
Comforter and Teacher, too.
Help us learn to keep on praying,
So we live as one with you.

Lord,
You are our perfect Father –
Good or bad, you bring us through.
Help us learn to keep on loving,
Then we will be more like you.

References

We will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ (Ephesians 4:15; NLT).

Mary responded, “Oh how my soul praises the Lord. How my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour!” (Luke 1:46-7; NLT).

We don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words (Romans 8:26; NLT).

You are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect (Matthew 5:48; NLT).