Whoever I think of

Take care lest there be an unworthy thought in your heart.
(Deuteronomy 15:9; ESV).

1. Whoever I think of, Lord,
See, hear, or greet,

2. All those I read about,
Pass in the street,

3. Write to, or talk with, Lord,
Many, or few:

4. May I pray for them, love them,
And serve them, like you. 

🖤

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

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

The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others
and to give his life as a ransom for many.
(Mark 10:45; NLT).


 

Beginning

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
(Genesis 1:1; KJV).

1. Father: the beginning;
Heaven and earth
Created out of love. 

2. Holy Ghost: descending
Over sunless waters,
Like a dove.

3. Jesus Christ: forgiving;
Light in darkness
Ceaselessly outpoured.

4. Here I am: returning
To paradise, with you,
My living Lord.

🖤

Pray continually.
(1 Thessalonians 5:16; NIV).

 


References

1. In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth (Genesis 1:1; KJV). 

2. As Jesus came up out of the water, he saw the heavens splitting apart and the Holy Spirit descending on him like a dove (Mark 1:10; NLT).

The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters (Genesis 1:2; KJV).

3. Through this man Jesus there is forgiveness for your sins (Acts 13:38; NLT).  

The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it (John 1:4-5; NLT). 

4. Then the Lord called Samuel, and he answered, “Here I am” (1 Samuel 3:4; CSB). 

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

Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43; NIV).

The Lord lives! (2 Samuel 22:47; NLT).

 


 

Christ’s way

Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for.
(Luke 11:9; NLT).

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).

Lord God,
I want to follow Christ:

Please help me to turn away
From sin,

To bear my cross
Both night and day,

To pray, rejoice,
And grow like him.

🖤

We will be like him (1 John 3:2; NLT).

 


You always know

You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.
(Psalm 139:1; NIV). 

Whatever I say, Lord, when I pray,
You know the truth.

Whatever I do in privacy,
You know, for sure.

Whatever I think, Lord, every day,
You know the facts.

Whatever I feel, but don’t admit,
You know the score.

✝️

God is greater than our feelings, and he knows everything.
(1 John 3:20; NLT).

 


Faith, hope, and love

Three things will last forever – faith, hope, and love –
and the greatest of these is love.

(1 Corinthians 13:13; NLT).

1. Give faith
To the faithless, Lord,
I pray,

2. Hope
To the hopeless,
Far away,

3. And love
To the loveless,
Every day,

4. Then all
Will be joyful –
Come what may. 

🖤

Our hearts ache, but we always have joy.
(2 Corinthians 6:10; NLT).
 

 


References

1. By grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8; ESV).

2. You were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the people of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of the promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who previously were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ (Ephesians 2:12; NASB20). 

3. As God says in Hosea: “Those who are not my people I will call my people. Those who are not loved I will call my loved ones” (Romans 9:25; GWT). 

4. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Saviour -yes, the Messiah, the Lord – has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!” (Luke 2:9-11; NLT).

Their hearts will rejoice with everlasting joy (Psalm 22:26; NLT).

 


 

Give and take (#1 of 2)

Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
and naked I will leave this life.
The Lord gives and the Lord takes away.
Blessed be the name of the Lord.
(Job 1:21; CSB).

God gives us everything we have:
Kin, and friends, and neighbours.

He gives us everything we have:
All we regard as “mine”.

He gives us everything we have:
Health, and strength, and senses.

He gives us everything we have:
Flesh, mind, heart, soul; time.

God gives us everything we have:
Faith, and hope, and courage.

He gives us everything we have:
Think about this, and pray,

For we must prepare
To surrender each gift,

As Almighty God
Takes them away.

🖤

Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” (Matthew 26:39; NIV).

He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”
(Matthew 26:42; NIV).

 


Bear fruit

Three things will last forever – faith, hope, and love –
and the greatest of these is love (1 Corinthians 13:13; NLT).

Lord,
May my doubting
Wither, and decay;

But, may my faith in you
Gain strength each day.

Lord,
May my anguish
Fade, and die away;

But, may my hope in you
Increase each day.

Lord,
May my sins
Reduce, and cease, I pray;

But, may my love for you
Bear fruit each day.

🖤

I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing (John 15:5; NIV). 

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

 


You already know

Pray constantly (1 Thessalonians 5:17; NIV).

Lord,

1. As I talk with you each day,
I’m only telling you
Things you already know.

2. And, though you hear each word I say,
You also perceive my hidden thoughts,
And how I really feel.

3. So, may I be honest when I pray:
Speaking the truth in love,
Just like your Son.

✝️

We will speak the truth in love,
growing in every way more and more like Christ.
(Ephesians 4:15; NLT).


References

1. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely (Psalm 139:4; NIV).

2. You, Lord, know my folly; my guilt is not hidden from you (Psalm 69:5; NIV).

The Lord looks at the heart (1 Samuel 16:7; NIV).

God is greater than our feelings, and he knows everything (1 John 3:20; NLT).

3. You desire honesty from the womb (Psalm 51:6; NLT).

 


 

Living within

I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper
(Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor-Counsellor, Strengthener, Standby),
to be with you forever (John 14:16; AMP). 

Lord,
You’re my Maker,
And I’m only dust,
Yet you are my Comforter,
Living within.

Lord,
You’re my Ruler,
And I’m only sin,
Yet you are my Advocate,
Praying within.

Lord,
You’re my Master,
And I’m only clay,
Yet you are my Counsellor,
Guiding within.

Lord,
I am nothing,
Yet you are my King,
My Strength, my Encourager,
Loving within.

🖤

We know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them (1 John 4:16; NIV).

Your immortal spirit is in every one of them.
(Wisdom of Solomon 12:1; GNTA).

 


Hold my spirit (for B.B.)

Lord,

1. Hold my spirit in your arms
While I’m still in this body.

2. Hold my spirit in your arms,
For death will come, one day.

3. Hold my spirit in your arms
When I must leave this body.

4. Hold my spirit in your arms
For evermore, I pray.

🖤


References

1. The eternal God is your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you (Deuteronomy 33:27; NLT).

2. No one can live forever; all will die. No one can escape the power of the grave (Psalm 89:48; NLT).

3. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me (Psalm 23:4; KJV).

4. Into your hands I commit my spirit (Psalm 31:5; NIV).

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).