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Pain

 

Lord, I’ve got a migraine, yet again…

Pain for the sake of pain
Can seem so pointless,

Yet illness may be borne
In different ways:

With anger, deep resentment,
Or self-pity;

With patience, peace, acceptance –
Even praise.

So, may I suffer willingly, 
As you did, 

For sickness 
Is a sacred invitation

To bear my cross
While pleading, Lord, for others,

And pray for them,
While sharing in their pain. 

 

References 

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

My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9; NLT).

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-3; NRSV).

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).

Take up your cross daily, and follow me (Luke 9:23; NLT).

 

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Today and evermore

 

We know that you are love,
Lord God,

And those
Who live in love

Will live in you, 
And you in them

Today,
And evermore. 

So, may we live 
In ceaseless love 

For you, and all the world, 
Lord God,

With thanks, with joy, 
With constant prayer,

Today,
And evermore.

 

References

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

You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind (Luke 10:27; NLT).

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12.9; NLT).

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). 

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). 

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I’m proud to be a Christian

 

I’m proud to be a Christian, Lord;
I freely love your Son. 

I’ll gladly follow him each day,
And serve till life is done.

And though I’m nothing, Father,
And my race is almost run,  

My heart is full of joy and peace,
For we, and all, are One.

 

References

I will boast only in the Lord (Psalm 20:7; NLT).

Follow me (Luke 9:23; NLT).

You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him (Luke 4:8; NLT).

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

You will live in joy and peace (Isaiah 55:12; NLT).

The Lord our God, the Lord is one (Deuteronomy 6:4; NIV).

The Father and I are one (John 10:30;NLT).

You are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28; NLT).

We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other (Romans 12:5; NLT).

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Seek, find, follow

 

Seek,
Find,
Follow.

Love, 
Thank,  
Rejoice.

Praise,
Bless,
Forgive.

Pray, 
Serve,
Unite.

 

References

Keep on seeking and you will find (Luke 11:9; NLT). 

Follow me (Luke 9:23; NLT).

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).

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NIV).

Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you (Luke 6:28; NLT).

Forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too (Mark 11:25; NLT).

You must worship the Lord your God and and serve only him (Matthew 4:10; NLT).

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

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Love and serve

 

Love and serve –
That’s all we need to do.

Love and serve all people, Lord –
And you.  

 

References

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12:9; NLT).

Love the Lord your God (Deuteronomy 30:20; NIV).

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

You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him (Luke 4:8;NLT). 

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Christ alone

 

God sends us all a light
Which this world cannot see –

The light that comes to us 
Through Christ alone.

God shows us all a truth   
Which this world cannot grasp –

The truth that comes to us
Through Christ alone.

God grants us all a joy
Which this world cannot know –

The joy that comes to us
Through Christ alone.

God gives us all a peace
Which this world cannot bring –

The peace that comes to us
Through Christ alone.

 

References

Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12; NLT).

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me” (John 14:6; NLT).

Jesus was filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit (Luke 10:21; NLT).

Jesus replied, […] “I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give you is a gift the world cannot give (John 14:23;27; NLT).

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Your kingdom’s come

 

Lord,
When we serve and follow 
Your dear Son,
We live in heaven on earth –
Your kingdom’s come.

Lord, 
When we love our foes
The war is won;
We live in heaven on earth –
Your kingdom’s come. 

Lord,
When we accept
Your will be done,
We live in heaven on earth –
Your kingdom’s come.

Lord,
When we love you,
Becoming one, 
We live in heaven on earth –
Your kingdom’s come.

 

References

Follow me (Luke 9:23; NLT).

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).

Your will be done (Matthew 6:10; NLT).

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

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

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

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