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).

 


No peace

Peace I leave you; my peace I give you
(John 14:27; NIV).

There is no peace
Within my bones
But yours,
O Son of Man.

There is no truth
Within my mind
But yours,
Most holy Lamb.

There is no love
Within my heart
But yours,
O Jesse’s Rod.

There is no light
Within my soul
But yours,
Sweet Son of God.

There is no life
Within me, Lord,
But yours,
My constant Guide.

There is no death
Within me now
But yours,
Christ crucified.

❤️

God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life
(John 3:16; NLT).

We cannot understand (#2 of 2 linked prayers)

God is greater than we can understand
(Job 36:26; NLT). 

We cannot understand
Your peace,
So we persist in fighting
Senseless wars.

We cannot comprehend
Your love,
So we persist in prejudice,
And hate.

We cannot understand
Your truth,
So we persist in ignorance,
And lies.

We cannot comprehend
Your wrath,
So we persist in leaving change
Too late.

🧡

His wrath is poured out like fire
(Nahum 1:6; NIV).

Perhaps even yet they will turn from their evil ways and ask the Lord’s forgiveness before it is too late
(Jeremiah 36:7; NLT).


You wait within

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

You wait within, Lord,
To forgive,
Yearning to help us grow
And live. 

You wait within
To make us whole,
Aching to save and heal
Each soul.

You wait within, Lord,
Every day,
Thirsting to hear us praise
And pray.

You wait within
To share each test,
Longing to give us peace
And rest. 

❤️

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


I want to follow you

Jesus called out to them,
“Come, follow me”
(John 8:12; NLT).

Lord,
I want to follow you,
And take your way of love.

Lord,
I want to learn from you,
And choose your path of peace.

Lord,
I want to walk with you,
And share your resting-place.

Lord,
I want to gaze on you,
And see your Father’s face.

💙

Jesus replied, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and yet you still don’t know who I am? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father!”
(John 14:9; NLT). 


You are the potter

We are the clay, and you are the potter.
We all are formed by your hand
(Isaiah 64:8; NLT). 

You are the potter,
I, the clay.
You are my life, my truth,
My way;

My flesh, my mind,
My heart, my soul:
You are the One
Who makes me whole.

You are my breath,
My hope, my end:
My Shepherd King;
My steadfast Friend.

You are my crook,
My staff, my rod;
My light, my fire,
My peace: my God.

Yet we are one,
Our love, complete:
I lay my spirit
At your feet.

❤️

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


The past

He has planted eternity in the human heart
(Ecclesiastes 3:11; NLT).

1. The past
Is not behind us:
It is now.

2. The future,
Not ahead:
Already here.

3. Far beyond time,
God pours out justice
And mercy,

4. Uniting us all in his peace:
No beginning;
No end.

His government and its peace will never end
(Isaiah 9:7; NLT).


References

1. The Kingdom of God is already among you (Luke 17:21; NLT).

2. God’s kingdom is here with you (Luke 17:21; CEV).

3. The One who is high and lifted up … inhabits eternity (Isaiah 57:15; ESV).

This world’s people are now being judged (John 12:31; CEV).

The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him (Daniel 9:9; NIV).

4. All glory to him who alone is God, our Saviour through Jesus Christ our Lord. All glory, majesty, power, and authority are his before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time! Amen (Jude 1:25; NLT).


I long for you

I long for the Lord
more than sentries long for the dawn
(Psalm 130:6; NLT).

I long for you, Lord,
And for death,
When I will take
My final breath,

Then share, at last,
Your joy and grace,
While gazing on
Your shining face.

I thirst for you, Lord,
And for bliss,
As I await
Your loving kiss,

Then share, at last,
Your peace and light,
While praising you
With all my might.


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