Letting go

When you were young, you were able to do as you liked;
you dressed yourself and went wherever you wanted to go.
But when you are old, you will stretch out your hands,
and others will dress you and take you where you don’t want to go.
(John 21:18; NLT).

1. Lord, as I get older,
I find I must let go
Of all I take for granted,
But, instead, you make me grow.

2. I’ve had to let my looks go,
My vanity and pride;
My status and my ego,
But, instead, you are my guide.

3. I’ve had to let my strength go,
My energy and health;
My work and independence,
But, instead, you give me help.

4. I’ve had to let my past go,
My childhood, my abuse;
My bitterness and hatred,
But, instead, you teach me truth.

5. And I will have to give up more:
My body, life, and breath;
But I will gladly let them go,
To merge with you, in death.

References

1. Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong (Ephesians 3:17; NLT).

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

2. He is our God forever and ever, and he will guide us until we die (Psalm 48:14; NLT).

3. My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth (Psalm 121:2; NLT).

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

Teach me your ways, O Lord, that I may live according to your truth (Psalm 86:11; NLT).

5. Then Jesus shouted, “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!” And with those words he breathed his last (Luke 23:46; NLT).

The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the name of the Lord (Job 1:21; NLT).

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

Teach me

1. Teach me, Lord,
What you want me to learn,
And show me
All that you want me to see.

2. Tell me, Lord,
What you want me to give,
And help me
To have life abundantly.

3. Teach me, Lord,
What you want me to know,
And show me
All that you want me to do.

4. Tell me, Lord,
What you want me to say,
And help me
To grow more and more like you.

References

1. Teach me your ways, O Lord (Psalm 86:11; NLT).

2. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly (John 10:10; NRSV).

3. Show me the right path, O Lord (Psalm 25:4; NLT).

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

Love us, Lord

1. Love us, Lord,
As we love those who hurt us;

2. Forgive us, Lord,
As we forgive them, too.

3. Help us, Lord,
As we help those who hate us;

4. Then we will live in peace, Lord God,
With you.

 

References

1. Love your enemies! (Luke 6:28; NLT).

2. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us (Luke 11:4; NLT).

3. Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you (Luke 6:28; NLT).

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

You never tire

The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary (Isaiah 40:28; NIV).

1. You never tire of hearing: Lord, I love you!
You never tire of listening to my cares.
You never tire of stirring me to learn, Lord;
You never tire of answering my prayers.

2. You never tire of hearing: I rejoice, Lord!
You never tire of welcoming my praise.
You never tire of spurring me to grow, Lord;
You never tire of shepherding my ways.

3. You never tire of hearing: Father, help me!
You never tire of comforting my tears.
You never tire of sharing all my sorrows;
You never tire of lightening my fears.

4. You never tire of hearing: Lord, I’m sorry!
You never tire of helping me forgive.
You never tire of pardoning my sins, Lord;
You never tire of wanting me to live.

5. You never tire of hearing: Thank you, Father!
You never tire of giving me your Son.
You never tire of pouring out your Spirit;
You never tire of me – for we are one.

 

References

1. He hears us (1 John 5:15; NLT).
I love you, Lord; you are my strength (Psalm 18:1; NLT).

2. I rejoice in the Lord (Psalm 104:34; NLT).
The Lord is my shepherd […] He guides me along right paths (Psalm 23:1,3; NLT).

3. He helps me (Psalm 28:7; NLT).
In all their suffering he also suffered, and he personally rescued them (Isaiah 63:9; NLT).

4. I am deeply sorry for what I have done (Psalm 38:18; NLT).
My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life (John 10:10; NLT).

5. We thank you, O God (Psalm 75:1; NLT).
I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one – as you are in me, Father, and I am in you (John 16:21; NLT).

Grace

1. Thank you, Lord, for all you make,
Father, Spirit, Son;
And giving us each breath we take,
Almighty Three-In-One.

2. Thank you, Lord, for all our bread,
Father, Spirit, Son;
And teaching us what Jesus said,
Immortal Three-In-One.

3.Thank you, Lord, for all your care,
Father, Spirit, Son;
And helping us when we despair,
Eternal Three-In-One.

4.Thank you, Lord, for all your love,
Father, Spirit, Son;
And yielding up your precious blood,
To make all people One.

References

1. He himself gives life and breath to everything (Acts 17:25; NLT).

2. People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4; NLT).

3. 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).

4. You are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28; NLT).