Thank you

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

1. Thank you, Lord,
For everything you give me.

2. May I grow
Through everything you send,

3. Learning from your gifts,
Both “good” and “bad”, Lord,

4. And always grateful,
Till I reach life’s end.


References

1. No one can receive anything unless God gives it from heaven (John 3:27; NLT).

2. When your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow (James 1:3; NLT).

3. Should we accept only good things from the hand of God, and never anything bad? (Job 2:10; NLT).

4. Let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken (Hebrews 12:29; RSV).

Be thankful in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18; NLT).

Plague

The Lord’s anger is blazing against them – the plague has already begun
(Numbers 16:46; NLT).

1. Lord,
From this plague,
What lessons can we learn?
That when we shun the poor,
In time, all starve?
And when we heat the world,
In time, all burn?

2. Lord,
From this plague,
What warnings should we glean?
That when we spoil the seas,
In time, all weep?
And when we foul the sky,
In time, all keen?

3. Lord,
From this plague,
What cautions must we heed?
That when we fail the sick,
In time, all mourn?
And when we wound our foes,
In time, all bleed?


References

In the wilderness their desires ran wild, testing God’s patience in that dry wasteland. So he gave them what they asked for, but he sent a plague along with it (Psalm 106:14-15- NLT).

They will reply, “Lord, when did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not help you?” And he will answer, “I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to hep me” (Matthew 25:44-5; NLT).

You say, “I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.” But you do not realise that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked (Revelation 3:17; NIV).

Touch and heal

This people’s heart has become calloused;
they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes.
Otherwise they might see me with their eyes, hear with their ears,
understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them
(Matthew 13:15; NIV).

1. Lord,
Touch and heal our selfish minds;
Help us to turn to you;
Teach us to love our neighbours,
And to serve in all we do.

2. Lord,
Touch and heal our shallow hearts;
Help us to follow you;
Teach us to love each stranger,
And to serve in all we do.

3. Lord,
Touch and heal our callous souls;
Help us to learn from you;
Teach us to love our enemies,
And serve in all we do.


References

1. Moved with compassion, Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!” (Mark 1:41; NLT).

Repent of your sins and turn to God (Matthew 3:2; NLT).

Love your neighbour as yourself (Luke 10:27; NLT).

Even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others (Mark 10:45; NLT).

2. If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me (Luke 9:23; NLT).

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

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

Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all (Mark 9:35; NIV).

3. Heal my soul, for I have sinned against you (Psalm 41:4; NKJV).

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls (Matthew 11:29; NIV).

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

Serve each other in humility, for “God opposes the proud but favours the humble” (1 Peter 5:5; NLT).

In solitude

1. In solitude, be silent,
Still,
And wait upon the Lord,
Until

2. You’re overwhelmed
With waves of light:
Intense, majestic,
Golden, bright.

3. Absorb God’s love
As you breathe in:
Forget your cares,
Your pain, your sin.

4. Then talk to him
As you breathe out:
Share every longing,
Fear, and doubt.

5. Listen to
His still, small voice;
Accept his remedies;
Rejoice

6. And learn from him
With humble grace,
For, one day,
You will see his face.


References

1. When you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private (Matthew 6:6; NLT).

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

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him (Psalm 37:7; NIV).

2. God shines in glorious radiance (Psalm 50: 2; NLT).

Golden splendour comes from the mountain of God. He is clothed in dazzling splendour (Job 37:22; NLT).

3. Unfailing love, O Lord, is yours (Psalm 62:12; NLT).

Come to me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28; NLT).

4. Pray about everything. Tell God what you need (Philippians 4:6; NLT).

You desire honesty from the womb (Psalm 51:6; NLT).

5. Listen to his voice (Deuteronomy 13:4; NLT).

After the fire [came] a still small voice (1 Kings 19:12; NKJV).

God talks with man (Deuteronomy 5:24; DBY).

Wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will fill you with joy (Proverbs 2:10; NLT).

He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy (Psalm 28:7; NLT).

6. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle (Matthew 11:29; NIV).

Now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face (1 Corinthians 13:12; NRSV).

Remember, we will all stand before the judgement seat of God (Romans 14:10; NLT).

Enlightenment


The true light that enlightens everyone was coming into the world

(John 1:9; HNV).

1. Each human life brings trials
And suffering.
God gives, and takes away;
He wounds, and heals.

2. He helps us learn
From all we undergo,
Until, at last,
Enlightenment reveals

3. His purpose: change and growth
For every soul;
For as we learn to love,
We are made whole.


References

1. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows (John 16:33; 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).

I am the one who wounds and heals (Deuteronomy 32:39; NLT).

2. We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him (Romans 8:28; NIV).

Let us go on instead and become mature in our understanding (Hebrews 6:1; NLT).

The Lord my God will enlighten my darkness (Psalm 18:28; NKJV).

Teach us to number our days carefully so that we may develop wisdom in our hearts (Psalm 90:12; CSB).

The inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding (Job 32:8; WEB).

3. His purpose was for the nations to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him (Acts 17:27; NLT).

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

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12:9; NLT).

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

He restores my soul (Psalm 23:3; NKJV).

Perfection

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

Father,

1. I am far
From your perfection,
With little time still left
To grow like you.

2. Please look on me
With mercy and compassion.
Forgive my sins,
And heal my body, too.

3. Mend my wayward heart,
And mind, and spirit;
Give me time to learn
From your dear Son.

4. Then help me, Lord, to serve
Your sacred kingdom,
For though I’m late, Lord God,
I have begun.


References

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

Remember how short my life is (Psalm 89:47; NLT).

2. You, O Lord, are a God of compassion and mercy (Psalm 86:15; NLT).

He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases (Psalm 103:3; NLT).

3. I will heal your wayward hearts (Jeremiah 3:22; NLT).

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me (Matthew 11:29; NIV).

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

When those hired at five o’clock were paid, each received a full day’s wage (Matthew 20:10; NLT).

Those who are last now will be the first then (Matthew 20:16; NLT).

Covid-19 (#1 of 2 linked poems)

1. This plague won’t end
Until we start to change,
Moving our main concern
From get,
To give.

2. This plague won’t end
Until we start to change,
Shifting our aim
From greed,
To how we live.

3. This plague won’t end
Until we start to change,
Turning our main resolve
From keep,
To share.

4. This plague won’t end
Until we start to change,
Swapping our main intent
From wealth,
To care.

5. This plague won’t end
Until we start to change,
Switching our main desire
From self,
To love.

6. This plague won’t end
Until we’ve understood,
And learned to change
Our way of life –
For good!

Good and bad

1. Thank you, Lord,
For good and bad,
For all I’ve learned,
And all I’ve lost.

2. Thank you, Lord,
For all you give,
For all you take,
And life’s great cost.

3. Thank you, Lord,
For all your love,
For your forgiveness,
And your Son.

4. Thank you, Lord,
For sending us
Your Spirit, who
Makes us all one.


References

1. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows (John 16:33; NLT).

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

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

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

Let me join your followers


1. Let me join your followers
And learn from you each day,
Walking at your side, Lord,
Step by step.

2. Let me join your followers
Along the narrow way,
Asking your forgiveness
For each debt.

3. Let me join your followers
And all your kindred, too,
So I can meet your Mother,
Full of grace.

4. Let me join your followers
To live and die with you,
Then I will see the Father,
Face to face.

References

1. As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him (Mark 5:18; NLT).

2. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors (Matthew 6:12; NIV).

3. God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, to a virgin named Mary. Gabriel apprised to her and said, “Greetings favoured woman!” (Luke 1:28; NLT).

4. If we die with him, we will also live with him (2 Timothy 2:11; NLT).

Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! (John 14:9; NLT).

For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face (1 Corinthians 13:12; NIV).

Want, start, learn, grow


I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message.
 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 17:20-21; NLT).

1. Only when we want to love you
Can we love our neighbour, too,
Sensing, Lord, that they, and we,
Are one, and all are one in you.

2. Only as we start to love you
Can we love each stranger, too,
Glimpsing, Lord, that they, and we,
Are one, and all are one in you.

3. Only as we learn to love you
Can we love each foreigner,
Seeing, Lord, that they, and we,
Are one, and all are one in you.

4. Only as we grow to love you
Can we love each enemy,
Grasping, Lord, that they, and we
Are one, and all are one in you.

5. Only when we deeply love you
Can we also love ourselves,
Knowing, Lord, that we are one
With all your people, and with you.

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).

Love your neighbour (Luke 10:27; NLT).

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

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

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

5. Love your neighbour as yourself (Luke 10:27; NLT).

To acquire wisdom is to love oneself (Proverbs 19:8; NLT).

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12:9; NLT).