Your kingdom

 

When love reigns, Lord, instead of hate,
And trust, instead of fear;
When peace prevails instead of war,
Your kingdom will be near.

When kindness dwells in every heart,
And we care every day
For people, creatures, and this world,
Your rule, Lord, will hold sway.

When your light shines from every soul
And brings an end to sin;
When hope dries every bitter tear,
Your realm will be within.

Lord, when we share more equally,
And all of us are one
With you, and with the earth, our home,
Your kingdom will have come.

 

References

They will hammer their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will no longer fight against nation, nor train for war any more (Isaiah 2:4; NLT)

Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near (Matthew 3:2; NLT).

Show mercy and kindness to one another (Zechariah 7:9; NLT).

He will rule with fairness and justice (Isaiah 9:7; NLT).

Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness (Isaiah 58:10; NLT).

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

Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help (Isaiah 58:7; NLT).

I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one (John 17:22; NLT).

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

Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10; NIV).

Communion

 

Father,
May this sacred Host
Stay on my tongue today,
Then I will grow more like your Son
In everything I say.

Father,
May this precious Host
Become part of my mind,
Then I will grow more like your Son,
For my thoughts will be kind.

Father,
May this blessed Host
Be drawn into my heart,
Then I will grow more like your Son,
And choose the better part.

Father,
May this perfect Host
Remain within my soul,
Then all I think, and say, and do
Will help make others whole.

 

References

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

We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5; NIV).

We will be like him (1 John 3:2; NLT).

Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her (Luke 10:41-2; NRSV).

Remain in me, and I will remain in you (John 15:4; NLT).

We should help others do what is right and build them up in the Lord (Romans 15:2; NLT).

Your presence in me (2)

The blogs posted today and yesterday are mirror images. Today’s is about other people seeing God in us. Yesterday’s was about us seeing God in others.

 

When I’m with a neighbour
May they recognise
Your presence in me, Lord,
So they will see you in my eyes.

When I greet a stranger
May they seek and find
Your presence in me, Lord,
As they discover you are kind.

When I meet a foreigner
May they understand
Your presence in me, Lord,
Then they will gladly take my hand.

When somebody hurts me
May they grasp anew
Your presence in me, Lord,
When I forgive them, just like you.

 

References

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

Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us (Col 3:11; NLT).

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

Love ye therefore the stranger (Deuteronomy 10:19; KJV).

Show love to foreigners (Deuteronomy 10:19; NLT).

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

Pray for those who hurt you (Luke 6:28; NLT).

Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing (Luke 23:34; NLT).

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

Your presence in others (1)

The blogs posted today and tomorrow are mirror images. Today’s is about us seeing God in other people. Tomorrow’s will be about other people seeing God in us.

 

When I’m with a neighbour
May I recognise
Your presence in them, Lord,
Then I will see you in their eyes.

When I greet a stranger
May I keep in mind
Your presence in them, Lord,
So I will search for you, and find.

When I meet a foreigner
May I understand
Your presence in them, Lord,
Then I will offer them my hand.

When somebody hurts me
May I recollect
Your presence in them, Lord,
As I forgive, and reconnect.

 

References

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

Their eyes were opened, and they recognised him (Luke 24:31; NLT).

Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us (Col 3:11; NLT).

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

Love ye therefore the stranger (Deuteronomy 10:19; KJV).

Show love to foreigners (Deuteronomy 10:19; NLT).

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

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

Kindness

 

Lord God,
You are so kind to me!

It breaks my heart 
That I cannot repay –

Except by being kind
To other people,

As you are, Lord, to me,
Day after day. 

 

References

How kind the Lord is! (Psalm 116:5; NLT).

You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate (Luke 6:36; NLT).

Truly, I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me (Matthew 25:40; NIV).