When I’m terrified

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus

(1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NIV).

Father,
When I’m terrified
You carry me all day;
Even when I’m hurt, or trapped,
Your Spirit helps me pray.

Father,
When my world’s upturned
You are my conscious choice;
Even when the future’s bleak,
My soul will still rejoice.

Father,
When disaster strikes
You bring good from all things;
So I will offer thanks to you,
Whatever my life brings.

References

The Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words (Romans 8:26; NLT).

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil: for thou art with me (Psalm 23:4; KJV).

We know that all things work together for good for those who love God (Romans 8:28; NRSV).

Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you (Deuteronomy 31:8; NLT).

Without you

Father,
Without you I’m nothing –
You alone give life and breath.

Jesus,
Without you I’m nothing –
You alone have conquered death.

Mary,
Without you I’m nothing –
You alone have made me whole.

Spirit,
Without you I’m nothing –
You alone live in my soul.

References

I am nothing but dust and ashes (Genesis 18:27; NIV).

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

He [Christ] broke the power of death and illuminated the way to life (2 Timothy 1:10; NLT).

He [Jesus] said to this disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from then on this disciple took her into his home (John 19:27; NLT).

The Spirit of God lives in you (1 Corinthians 3:16; NLT).

I am a fragile bowl

Lord,
I am a fragile bowl,
Into which you crush new oil.

Lord,
I am a damaged jar,
Into which you spill fresh wine.

Lord,
I am a broken cup,
Into which you rain down love.

Lord,
I am an empty chalice,
Into which you pour your blood.

References

We ourselves are like fragile clay jars (2 Corinthians 4:7; NLT).

Remember him […] before the pitcher is shattered at the spring (Ecclesiastes 12:6; NIV).

I am sending you grain and new wine and olive oil (Joel 2:19; NLT).

He has showered his kindness on us (Ephesians 1:8; NLT).

People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood (Romans 3:25; NLT).

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Always

Always new-born in the stable;
Always safe on Mary’s knee;
Always playing and rejoicing,
Always, Lord, alive and free.

Always, Christ-child, in the temple,
Talking there with everyone;
Always rising from the river:
This is my beloved Son.

Always shining and transfigured;
Always changing those you meet;
Always saving and forgiving,
Ready to wash others’ feet.

Always calling: Come and follow;
Always teaching: Take your cross;
Always healing and restoring,
Helping those distressed by loss.

Always sharing our temptations;
Always here to calm each storm;
Always angry, always weeping,
Always breaking every norm.

Always pleading in the garden;
Always suffering, in pain;
Always dying, always rising,
Always coming, Lord, to reign.

Always living in our hearts, Lord;
Always pouring out your love;
Always caring, giving, serving —
Lord, you are our flesh and blood.

References

She gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped him in swaddling-cloths, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn (Luke 2:6-7; RSV).

They found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions (Luke 2:46; ESV).

There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light (Matthew 17:2; NIV).

Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me” (Mark 1:17; NLT).

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil (Luke 4:1-2; NIV).

If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine (Matthew 26:39; NLT).

Christ lives within you (Romans 8:10; NLT).

This is my body given for you (Luke 22:19; NIV).

This is my blood (Matthew 27:28; NIV).

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Fragile bones

Lord,
We’re nothing –
Fragile bones,
Into which you breathe
Your life.

Lord,
We’re nothing –
Foolish minds,
Into which you speak
Your truth.

Lord,
We’re nothing –
Selfish hearts,
Into which you spill
Your blood.

Lord,
We’re nothing –
Empty souls,
Into which you pour
Your love.

References

We ourselves are like fragile clay jars (2 Corinthians 4:7; NLT).

O God, you know how foolish I am (Psalm 69:5; NLT).

Turn my heart toward your statutes, not toward selfish gain (Psalms 119:36; HNV).

He awakes, and his soul is still empty (Isaiah 29:8; NKJV).