May I walk

💙

1. May I walk, Lord Jesus;
Walk your narrow way.

2. May I eat, Lord Jesus;
Eat your bread of tears.

3. May I drink, Lord Jesus;
Drink your bitter cup.

4. May I know, Lord Jesus;
Know your pains and fears.

5. May I love, Lord Jesus;
Love all those I meet.

6. May I serve, Lord Jesus;
Serve your people, too.

7. May I share, Lord Jesus;
Share your heavy cross.

8. May I be, Lord Jesus,
Always one with you.

💙


References

1. The gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life (Matthew 7:14; NASB).

2. You have fed them with the bread of tears (Psalm 80:5; NIV). 

3. He has filled me with bitterness and given me a bitter cup of sorrow to drink (Lamentations 3:15; NLT). 

4. He took up our pain and bore our suffering (Isaiah 53:4; NIV). 

5. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ (Ephesians 5:2; NLT).

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

7. As they led Jesus away, a man named Simon, who was from Cyrene, happened to be coming in from the countryside. The soldiers seized him and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus (Luke 23:26; NLT).

8. 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 17:21; NLT).


Trust in the Lord

Trust in the Lord with all your heart.
(Proverbs 3:5; NLT). 

Trust in the Lord,
For his love is so wide.
His light is undying;
His Spirit, our guide.

Trust in the Lord,
For his love is so long.
His peace is unending;
His mercy is strong.

Trust in the Lord,
For his love is so high.
His truth is unfailing;
His tongue cannot lie.

Trust in the Lord,
For his love is so deep.
His grace is eternal;
His healing, complete.

🧡

May you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.
(Ephesians 3:18; NLT).

 


Give us this day (for E.)

Give us this day our daily bread.
(Matthew 6:11; KJV).

Lord, 

Give us this day the energy
To do what we must do,
And all the faithfulness we need
To serve and worship you.

Give us this day the honesty
To say what we must say,
And all the inner peace we need
To thank you, praise, and pray.

Give us this day the confidence
To go where we must go,
And all the strength of mind we need
To bless both friend and foe.

Give us this day the fortitude
To face what we must face,
And all the qualities we need
To spread your truth and grace.

Give us this day the constancy
To bear what we must bear,
And all empathy we need
To listen, mourn, and share.

Give us this day the readiness
To follow, as you bid,
And all the love we need, Lord God,
To live as Jesus did.

🖤

It is the Lord your God you must follow, and him you must revere.
(Deuteronomy 13:4; NIV). 

As we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world (1 John 4:17; NLT).

 


Countless faces

There is […] one God and Father,
who is over all and in all
and living through all.
(Ephesians 4:5-6; NLT).

1. One God, with countless faces,
We look at you in all;
But we don’t recognise you, Lord,
Because our love is small.

2. One God, with countless voices,
We hear you every day;
But we don’t recognise you, Lord,
No matter what we say.

3. One God, with countless sorrows,
We meet you everywhere;
But we don’t recognise you, Lord,
Though we believe we care.

4. One God, through countless ages,
We claim to long for you;
But we don’t recognise you, Lord,
No matter what you do.

❤️


References

1. They will look, but not see (Luke 8:10; CEV).

2. God speaks again and again, though people do not recognise it (Job 33:14; NLT).

3. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us (Colossians 3:11; NLT).

I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me (Matthew 25:45; NLT). 

4. The Lord our God is one (Mark 12:29; NIV).

As a deer longs for flowing streams, so I long for you, God (Psalm 42:1; CSB).

When you see what I do, you will not comprehend (Acts 28:26; NLT).

 


 

My Father and my Mother (#2 of 2)

He claims me as his own.
(Song of Songs 7:10, NLT). 

Lord,
My Father, and my Mother,
Always whispering each day:
“I claim you.”

Lord,
My Sister, and my Brother,
Always telling me the way:
“I save you.”

Lord,
My Shepherd, and my Lover,
Always calling when I stray:
“I seek you.”

Lord, my God,
There is no other,
Always sighing while I pray:
“I love you.”

❤️

The Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words.
(Romans 8:26; RSV).

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


Fault upon fault

I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.
(Psalm 51:3; NIV).

Fault upon fault,
And shame upon shame:

Lord,
Please forgive me;
Release me from blame.

Lapse upon lapse,
And debt upon debt:

Lord,
Please forgive me;
You know my regret.

Sin upon sin,
And stain upon stain:

Lord,
Please forgive me,
And cleanse me again.

Love upon love,
And gift upon gift:

Lord,
May your mercy
Be ceaseless and swift.

💙

Let me fall into the hands of the Lord, for his mercy is very great.
(1 Chronicles 21:13; NLT).


Whatever I must face

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

You must grow in the grace and knowledge
of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
(2 Peter 3:18; NLT).

Lord,
Whatever I must I face,
I want to grow in truth and grace;
To shine your light in every place:
I love you. 

Lord,
Whatever comes each day,
I want to take your selfless way;
To thank you, praise, rejoice, and say:
I love you.

Lord,
Whatever life may bring,
I want to follow you, my King;
To worship you, exalt, and sing:
I love you.

Lord,
Whatever I must bear,
I want to serve you everywhere;
To bear my cross, and still declare:
I love you. 

🖤

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).

I love you, Lord (Psalm 18:1; NLT).


Pray

Never stop praying, especially for others.
(Ephesians 6:18; CEV).

I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them (1 Timothy 2:1; NLT). 

Pray for those you read about,
And everyone you see;
For those you only hear about,
And people on TV.

Pray for those you pass each day,
And everyone you greet;
For those who stop to chat with you,
And all who never speak.

Pray for those you’re glad to know,
And all you’d rather shun;
For those who want to put you down:
Yes, pray for everyone.

Pray for all your family;
For those you trust as friends;
And pray for all your enemies
Until your life here ends.

Ask the Lord to bless each one
With faith, hope, love, and health;
Then, when you’ve prayed for all the world,
Pray, lastly, for yourself.

🧡

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


Healing (for R.B.)

The Lord is King forever and ever!
(Psalm 10:16; NLT). 

1. The Lord is King of heaven and earth,
Yet stoops to offer us his love.

2. His Son is here, in everyone,
Ready to teach us what is good.

3. His Holy Spirit waits in all
To heal in flesh, mind, heart, and soul.

4. He longs for us to turn to him;
His one desire: to make us whole.

🧡

His hands make whole
(Job 5;18; NHEB).


References

1. O Lord, God of our ancestors, you alone are the God who is in heaven. You are ruler of all the kingdoms of the earth (2 Chronicles 20:6; NLT).

He stoops to look down on heaven and on earth (Psalm 113:6; NLT). 

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

2. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us (Colossians 3:11; NLT).

Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect (Romans 12:2; NLT).

3. Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19; NLT). 

The Lord must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion (Isaiah 30:18; NLT).

Think of it – the Lord is ready to heal me! (Isaiah 38:20; NLT). 

4. The Lord longs to be gracious to you (Isaiah 30:18; NIV).


 

Open my eyes (#3 of 3)


Open my eyes so that I will observe amazing things from your instruction.
(Psalm 119:18; ISV). 

He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.
(Ecclesiastes 3:11; NLT).

Lord,

Open my eyes, so I can see
The scope of all you give to me:
Genesis; conception; birth;
Your realm within me, here, on earth.

Open my mind, so I can see
The scope of all you do for me:
The gift of Christ, your only Son;
His battle against evil, won.

Open my heart, so I can see
The scope of all you offer me:
Forgiveness, faith; your truth; your way;
Your Spirit, helping me each day.

Open my soul, so I can see
The scope of all you promise me:
Salvation; life with you above
For evermore, in joy and love.

🖤

You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.
(Psalm 16:11; NLT).