Strangers

Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers,
for by doing so some people have shown hospitality to angels
without knowing it (Hebrews 13:2; NIV).

May those I’ve never met,
Lord God,
Be just as dear
To my cold heart
As those I see
Each day.

References

Love the stranger (Deuteronomy 10:19; NKJV).

You, too, must show love to foreigners (Deuteronomy 10:19; NLT).

Love your neighbour as yourself (Mark 12:31; NLT).

Love your enemies (Matthew 5:44; NIV).

I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home (Matthew 25:35; NLT).

Beyond

1. Lord,
I seek you out
In contemplation,

2. Though you are beyond words,
Thoughts,
And feelings;

3. Beyond movement,
Time,
And place;

4. Beyond awareness
Of any separate self –

5. My Lord,
And my God.

References

1. Keep on seeking, and you will find (Matthew 7:7; NLT).

2. Be silent before the Sovereign Lord (Zephaniah 1:7; NIV).

3. He says, “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10).

5. “My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed (John 20:28; NLT).

Angel of the hour

Angels came and took care of Jesus (Matthew 4:11; NLT).

1. Angel of the hour, I thank you
For the smile you offer me,
Prompting me to recognise
That God is here in all I see.

2. Angel of the day, I thank you
For your greeting in the street,
Causing me to recollect
That God is here in all I meet.

3. Angel of the month, I thank you
For your guidance when I stray,
Urging me to trust that God
Is with me on this narrow way.

4. Angel of the year, I thank you,
For you save me when I fall,
And you rescue me from danger:
God is in you most of all.

5. Angels, I am truly thankful –
You are sent by God’s own hand,
Helping me through this long exile,
Till I reach his Promised Land.

References

1. There is […] one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all (Ephesians 4:5-6; NLT).

2. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them (1 John 4:16; NLT).

3. He guides me along right paths (Psalm 23:3; NLT).

4. He rescues me (Psalm 35:9; NLT).

5. He sends his angels like the winds, his servants like flames of fire (Hebrews 1:7; NLT).

He will order his angels to protect you wherever you go (Psalm 91:11-12; NLT).

He chose the Promised Land as our inheritance (Psalm 47:4; NLT).

Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realising it! (Hebrews 13:2; NLT).

We share your beating heart

1. We share your beating heart, Lord God,
Although we may forget;

2. We share, with you, Christ’s mind,
Although we may not grasp this yet.

3. We share his mother’s flesh and blood;
Yet still we may not see:

4. We share your Spirit’s life and breath,
For all are one with Thee.

References

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

Beware that in your plenty you do not forget the Lord your God (Deuteronomy 8:11; NLT).

2. We have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16; NLT).

3. Here is your mother (John 19:27; NLT).

I heard what he said, but I did not understand what he meant (Daniel 12:8; NLT).

4. The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life (Job 33:4; NLT).

Whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17; NIV).

I cannot understand

You cannot understand the activity of God,
who does all things (Ecclesiastes 11:5 NLT).

1. I know, Lord God,
That you love other people,
But I cannot understand
Why you love me.

2. I recognise, Lord God,
That you forgive them,
But I cannot fathom
Why you pardon me.

3. I grasp, Lord God,
That you cure their diseases,
But I cannot comprehend
Why you heal me.

4. I trust, Lord God,
That you grant them redemption,
But I cannot puzzle out
Why you save me.

References

1. He […] crowns me with love (Psalm 103:4; NLT).

2. He forgives all my sins (Psalm 103:3; NLT).

3. [He] heals all my diseases (Psalm 103:3; NLT).

4. He redeems me from death (Psalm 103:4; NLT).

We praise your name

1. Father,
May we praise your name –
To love you
Is our highest aim.

2. Jesus,
May we bear our cross –
Ready to accept
Each loss.

3. Spirit,
May we welcome you –
By serving God
In all we do.

4. Mary,
May we know your Son –
Of woman born,
God’s Holy One.

References

1. The Mighty One has done great things for me – holy is his name (Luke 1:49; NIV).

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

2. Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me” (Matthew 16:24; NLT).

The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised (Job 1:21; NIV).

3. You will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38; NLT).

You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him (Luke 4:8; NLT).

4. When the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law (Galatians 4:4; NLT).

The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God (Luke 1:35; NLT).

Help us sinners

We know what sinners we are.
(Isaiah 59:1; NLT).

1. Father,
Help us sinners
To trust in you today,
So none of us will grieve:
My hope is gone!

2. Mary,
Help us sinners
To turn to God and pray,
So none of us will sigh:
I am alone!

3. Jesus,
Help us sinners
To find your narrow way,
So none of us will weep:
There is no gate!

4. Spirit,
Help us sinners
Each time we start to stray,
So none of us will cry:
I am too late!

References

1. We have become old, dry bones – all hope is gone (Ezekiel 7:11; NLT).

2. I am alone and in deep distress (Psalm 25:16; NLT).

3. The gateway to life is very narrow and the road difficult, and only a few ever find it (Matthew 7:13-14; NLT).

4. When the master of the house has locked the door, it will be too late (Luke 13:25; NLT).