On loan

He himself gives life and breath to everything,
and he satisfies every need
(Acts 17:25; NLT).

Lord God,

1. When you created us,
You furnished everything we need:
A body; breath; a mind; a heart;
Your Spirit, Lord, to help us plead.

2. But all we are, and all we have,
Is only lent, for life, on trust,
And bit by bit, you take it back,
Till all that’s left of us is dust.

3. Yes, all we are, and all we have,
Belongs to you, Lord God, we know,
So help us, please, to face each loss:
To grieve; endure; accept; let go.

4. For exile is a journey
To reunion, in bliss, with you:
From paradise to earthly life,
Then back, once more, to be made new.

5. Yes, exile is a journey
On which losses are a precious gain:
When all you lent has been returned, Lord God,
We will be whole, again.


He will take our weak mortal bodies
and change them into glorious bodies
like his own (Philippians 3:21; NLT).


References

1. I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1:5; NLT).

The Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul (Genesis 2:7; KJV).

Thine incorruptible Spirit is in all things (Wisdom of Solomon 12:1; KJV).

The Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words (Romans 8:26; RSV).

2. He is a human being who was himself formed from earth only a short while earlier, and after a little while, when he must return the soul that was lent to him, he will go back to the same earth (Wisdom of Solomon 15:8; GNT).

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

You were made from dust, and to dust you will return (Genesis 3:19; NLT).

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

3. Everything we have has come from you (1 Chronicles 29:14; NLT).

4. He who sat upon the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new” (Revelation 21:5; RSV).

5. He wounds, but his hands make whole (Job 5:18; NKJV).

The Lord – who is the Spirit – makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image (2 Corinthians 3:18; NLT).


Love without limit

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1. If we love without limit,
Praise God without cease,
And pray without end,
We will radiate peace.

2. If we lend without grudging,
Donate without gain,
And serve without pay,
We will set hearts aflame.

3. If we help without taking,
Give debtors release,
And forgive those who hurt us,
Our joy will increase.

References

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

Praise God (Psalm 68:26; NLT).

Never stop praying (1 Thessalonians 5:17; NLT).

May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord (2 Peter 1:2; NLT).

2. Good comes to those who lend money generously (Psalm 112:5; NLT).

God loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7; NIV).

We are unworthy servants who have simply done our duty (Luke 17:10; NLT).

Didn’t our hearts burn within us as he talked with us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us? (Luke 24:32; NLT).

3. If you do good only to those who do good to you, why should you get credit? Even sinners do that much! (Luke 6:33; NLT).

Lend […] without expecting to be repaid (Luke 6:35; NLT).

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

The humble also shall increase their joy in the Lord (Isaiah 29:19; NKJV).