The air we breathe

There is one Lord … who is over all, and in all,
and living through all (Ephesians 4:5-6; NLT). 

Lord,

You’re in the air
We breathe,
Our food and water,
All we see;

In our bodies,
Minds, hearts, spirits:
Waiting, Lord,
To set us free;

For you cherish
All your children,
Loving us
Unfailingly.

How precious is your unfailing love, O God!
All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings
(Psalm 36:7; NLT).


Saint Raphael

Christ Healing the Paralytic at the Pool of Bethesda
Murillo 1670, National Gallery, London (Yandex)

Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralysed, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had
(John 5:2-4; NLT).

Saint Raphael,
Please hear my prayer,
And carry it to God,
Asking him to heal my life,
And spare me from his rod.

Saint Raphael,
Please stir the pool,
And help me to step in;
Then I will be forgiven,
And my mind set free from sin.

Saint Raphael,
Please hear my prayer,
And carry it above,
Asking God to mend my heart
With his unfailing love.

Saint Raphael,
Please stir the water;
Help me in, to bathe,
For then I will be whole again,
And my poor soul be saved.

He will save the souls of the needy
(Psalm 72:13; NHEB).

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Lost in darkness


Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life” (John 8:12; NLT).

Though my prayers
Are lost in darkness,
You are there to light the way.

Though my thanks
Are said in darkness,
You, Lord, listen every day.

Though my joy
Is locked in darkness,
You will come to set me free.

Though my life
Is spent in darkness,
You will not abandon me.


God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you”
(Hebrews 13:5; NLT).

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Looking back

The years of pain.
The empty street.
The fruitless wait;
The mid-day heat.

The dying hope;
The voices, near.
The noisy crowd;
The Teacher, here.

His look of love;
His outstretched hand.
His healing touch;
He helps me stand.

I straighten up,
And take a pace;
The people cheer
While we embrace.

A miracle!
He’s set me free!
I thank him,
And he blesses me.

I bow down low.
The crowd moves on.
I raise my eyes,
But he is gone.

The voices fade
Along the way.
I see it all –
Like yesterday.

I am the Lord who heals you
(Exodus 15:26; NLT).


I want to follow you

“Come, follow me” Jesus said
(Matthew 4:19; NIV).

Lord,

I want to follow you,
And serve you every day.

I want to grow much more like you,
And never cease to pray.

I want to dwell within you, Lord,
And you to dwell in me,

So we may always live in love –
United, strong, and free.

When we died with Christ
we were set free from the power of sin
(Romans 6:7; NLT).

You love me x

We love him,
because he first loved us
(1 John 4:19; KJV).

Lord,

1. You love me, and I love you –
Every word you speak is true.

2. You’re with me, and I’m with you –
In all I feel, think, say, and do.

3. You dwell in me, and I in you –
Timeless, changeless, ever new.

4. I live through you, and you through me –
Your only Son has set me free.

5. I am yours, and you are mine –
In life, in death, and for all time.

6. I’m one with you, and you with me –
Together, for eternity.


References

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

I love you, Lord (Psalm 18:1; NLT).

2. The Lord is always with me (Psalm 16:8; NLT).

I am always with you (Psalm 73:23; NIV)

3. He that dwells in love dwells in God, and God in him (1 John 4:16; AKJV).

4. There is one […] God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all (Ephesians 4:5; NLT).

God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him (1 John 4:9; ESV).

5. I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine (Song of Songs 6:3; NLT).

6. God is love. If we keep on loving others, we will stay one in our hearts with God, and he will stay one with us (1 John 4:16; CEV).

You love me

We love him because he first loved us
(1 John 4:19; NKJV).

You love me, Lord:
I love you, in return.

You speak to me:
I listen, mark, and learn.

You comfort me:
I know your words are true.

You are my guide:
I want to grow like you.

You lived for me:
I follow, and obey.

You died for me:
I long for you each day.

You rose again from death,
To set me free:

So I can live in you,
And you in me.

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

I love you, Lord

Image: Jeff Jacobs, Pixabay


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Love the Lord your God with all your heart,
all your soul, all your strength,
and all your mind (Luke 10:27; NLT).

1. I love you, Lord,
With all my mind,
Delighting
In 
your tender care.

2. I love you, Lord,
With all my heart,
Exalting,
For 
I am your heir.

3. I love you, Lord,
With all my soul,
Rejoicing,
For you hear each plea.

4. I love you, Lord,
With all my strength,
For you, alone,
Have set me free.

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References

1. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you (1 Peter 5:7; NLT).

2. Since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory (Romans 8:17; NLT).

3. I love the Lord, because he hears my voice and my pleas (Psalm 116:1; NASB20).

4. If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed (John 8:36; NIV).

Trust in God (#2 of 2 linked poems)

Image: Myriams-Fotos, Pixabay


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

1. Trust in God,
For he is perfect,
And his mercy
Is supreme.

2. Trust in God,
Who sent his perfect Son
To teach us,
And redeem.

3. Trust in God,
Whose perfect Spirit
Comes to free us
From all sin.

4. Trust in God,
For he is perfect.
And our task?
To grow like him.

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References

1. Trust in God and trust also in me (John 14:1; NLT).

Your Father in heaven is perfect (Matthew 5:48; NLT).

His mercy is very great (1 Chronicles 21:13; NLT).

2. 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).

You call me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am (John 13:13; RSV).

When the fulness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law (Galatians 4:5; NKJV).

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

3. There is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death (Romans 8:1-2; NLT).

4. Your Father in heaven is perfect (Matthew 5:48; NLT).

Put on your new nature, created to be like God – truly righteous and holy (Ephesians 4:24; NLT).

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

A vision in a dream 19.2.21.

Image: Albrecht Fietz, Pixabay


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1. Out in the estuary,
Dragged from the shore.

2. The current, relentless;
My strength is no more.

3. There’s no turning back now:
I’ve drifted too far –

4. Down to the river-mouth;
Over the bar.

5. The ocean, before me;
The future, unknown.

6. The start of my journey –
Afraid, and alone.

7. Drawn by the ebb-tide
I’m swept out to sea.

8. My days are completed:
My spirit flies free.

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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).