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May I shed your light

 

Father,
May I shed your light 
On everyone I know.

Father,
May I sow your peace  
Everywhere I go.

Father,
May I speak your truth
To everyone I meet.

Father,
May I spread your love
To everyone I greet.

 

References

God is light (1 John 1:5; NIV). 

The Lord is peace (Judges 6:24; NLT).

The Spirit is truth (1 John 5:6; NKJV).

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

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The only part

The only part of me that’s right
Is God, 
Who dwells within.

The only part of me that’s light
Is God, 
Who dwells within. 

The only part of me that’s good
Is God, 
Who dwells within.

The only part of me that’s love
Is God, 
Who dwells within. 

The only part of me that’s true
Is God, 
Who dwells within –

For I am part of you, Lord God,
The One 
Who dwells within.

References 

The Lord is right (Lamentations 1:18; NLT).

God is light (1 John 1:5; NIV). 

“Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked. “Only God is truly good” (Mark 10:18; NLT).

God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them (1 John 4:16; NLT).

Every word of God proves true (Proverbs 30:5; NLT).

The Spirit is truth (1 John 5:6; NKJV).

Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16; NKJV).

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Love is not finite

Love is not finite, Lord,
It grows!

It multiplies, spills over,
Flows 

From you to us, 
From us to all,

For you are great,
Though we are small;

From us to neighbour,
Stranger, foe,

No matter where we live,
Or go;

Till, like your Son, 
We burn with love –

At one with you,
In heaven above.

References

The Kingdom of God […] is like a mustard seed planted in the ground. It is the smallest of all seeds, but it becomes the largest of all garden plants; it grows long branches, and birds can make nests in its shade (Mark 4:30—32; NLT).

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

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

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

Love flashes like fire, the brightest kind of flame (Song of Songs 8:6; NLT).

I have come to set the world on fire (Luke 12:49; NLT).

He will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and with fire (Matthew 3:11; NLT).

God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them (1 John 4:16; NLT). 

Anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love (1 John 4:8; NLT). 

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In three words

 

You keep us safe in childhood,
And teach us from our youth,
For though we’re only dust and ash, 
Lord Jesus, you’re our Truth.

You seek us when we wander,
And walk with us each day,
For though we’re only dust and ash,
Lord Jesus, you’re our Way.

You sit with us in darkness, 
And comfort us at night,
For though we’re only dust and ash, 
Lord Jesus, you’re our Light.

You understand our hunger,
And see the feast is spread,
For though we’re only dust and ash, 
Lord Jesus, you’re our Bread.

You bring joy out of sorrow,
And turn our gall to wine,
For though we’re only dust and ash,
Lord Jesus, you’re our Vine.

So why do you support us,
And give us all that’s good,
Although we fail you every day?
In three words: you are Love.

 

References

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

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6; NLT).

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

I am the living bread (John 6:51; NLT).

Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy (Psalm 126:5; NLT).

We know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God (Romans 8:28; NLT).

I am the vine (John 15:5; NLT).

“My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed (John 20:28; NLT). 

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

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A second chance

 

Lord God, 
If our fathers didn’t treat us 
As they should,
You give us a second chance,
By offering your love.

Mary, 
If our mothers gave no comfort 
From the start,
You give us a second chance,
By offering your heart.

Jesus, 
If our brothers didn’t help us 
As they might,
You give us a second chance,
By offering your light. 

Spirit, 
If our sisters were uncaring
In our youth,  
You give us a second chance,
By offering your truth.

 

References

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

Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often (Luke 2:19; NLT).

Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life” (John 8:12; NLT).

He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth (John 14:17; NLT).

Anyone who does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother! (Matthew 12:50; NLT).

Everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or property, for my sake, will receive a hundred times as much in return and will inherit eternal life (Matthew 19:29; NLT).

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We cannot have your light

 

Lord,

We cannot have your light
If we don’t live by your truth.

We cannot have your light
If we dare not face your fire.

We cannot have your light
If we do not build your peace.

We cannot have your light
If we fail to give your love.

 

References

God is light (1 John 1:5; NIV). 

The Spirit is truth (1 John 5:6; NKJV).

God is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; NIV).

The Lord is peace (Judges 6:24; NLT).

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

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Light

 

Lord,
You are light –
And how brightly you shine!

Lord, 
You are fire –
And how fiercely you burn!

Lord,
You are love –
And how deeply you care!

Lord,
You are truth –
Please help me to learn!

 

References

God is light (1 John 1:5; NIV).

The Lord your God is a devouring fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; NLT).

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

The Spirit is truth (1 John 5:6; NKJV).

You will grow as you learn to know God better and better (Colossians 1:10: NLT).

 

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