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You are a light

I am the light of the world (John 8:12; NLT).

She […] laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn (Luke 2:7; NLT).

After the fire a still small voice (1 Kings 19:12; KJV).

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? (Mark 15:34; NLT).

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Lord,

You are a light,
A dove in flight,
A crown of gold;

A squalid byre,
A tongue of fire,
A love untold;

A still, small voice,
A daily choice,
A healing breath;

A cry of pain,
A Saviour slain,
A bitter death.

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I can love you

Lord,

I can love you
Only to the extent
That I love others;

And I can love others
Only to the extent
That I love you.

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You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength (Mark 12:30; NLT).

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

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

You, too, must show love to foreigners (Deuteronomy 10:19; NLT).

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

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Our wasteland

Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer (Luke 5:16; NLT).

I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty (John 6:35; NLT).

Each one will be like […] streams of water in the desert (Isaiah 32:2; NLT).

God is love (1 John 4:16; NIV).

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Out of our wasteland
Comes worship.

Out of our famine
Comes food.

Out of our desert
Comes water.

Out of our solitude,
Love.

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Invading thoughts

With your help I can advance against a troop, with my God I can scale a wall (2 Samuel 22:30; NIV).

Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint (Isaiah 40:31; NIV).

The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread the heights (Habakkuk 3:19; NIV).

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Lord,

I face invading thoughts
In contemplation,

And scale my cliffs
Of ignorance and fear.

I rise on eagle’s wings
To see my shadow,

And tread the heights with joy,
Just like a deer.

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Like wine

Rivers of living water will flow from his heart (John 7:38; NLT).

The master of ceremonies tasted the water that was now wine (John 2:9; NLT).

He took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them and said, “Each of you drink from it, for this is my blood “ (Matthew 26:27; NLT).

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Lord,
You often pour
Your healing out
Like water;

But today
You poured
Your healing out
Like wine.

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Your ways

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine” (Isaiah 55:8; NLT).

Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand (Philippians 4:7; NLT).

For you, a thousand years as a passing day, as brief as a few night hours (Psalm 90:4; NLT).

God has given us his Spirit as proof that we live in him and he in us (1 John 4:13; NLT).

My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever (Psalm 73:26; NLT).

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Lord,

Your ways
Are far beyond
My understanding;

Your peace
Is far beyond
What I can share.

Your light
Is far beyond
My human vision;

Your fire
Is far beyond
What I can bear.

Your thoughts
Are far beyond
My comprehension;

Your years
Are far beyond
What I can chart.

Your love
Is far beyond
My weak discernment;

Yet your Spirit
Dwells forever
In my heart.

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We share your light

We now have this light shining in our hearts (2 Corinthians 4:7; NLT).

My beloved is mine and I am his (Song of Songs 2:16; NIV).

We have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16; NLT).

I will give them one heart (Jeremiah 32:39; NLT).

Whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17; NIV).

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Lord God,
We share your light,
Your truth,
Your peace.

Lord God,
We share your faith,
Your hope,
Your love.

Lord God,
We share your mind,
Your heart,
Your soul.

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