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Christ in all

Christ lives within you (Romans 8:10; NLT).

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Christ in sorrow
And in bliss,

Christ in darkness
And in light;

Christ in fasting
And in feast,

Christ in wretchedness
And might.

Christ in beauty
And in shame,

Christ in sickness
And in health;

Christ in pleasure
And in pain,

Christ in poverty,
And wealth.

Christ in laughter
And in tears,

Christ in living
And in death;

Christ in confidence
And fear,

Christ in all –
Till our last breath.

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Minded to forgive

The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbour his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities (Psalm 103:8-10; NIV).

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

There is forgiveness of sins for all who repent (Luke 24:47; NLT).

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Lord,

You’re not thinking
All the time
Of sin,

Of judgment,
Punishment,
And penance,

For you are love,
And minded
To forgive –

When we repent.

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May I spend today with you?

Walk humbly with your God (Micah 6:8; CSB).

He is right beside me (Psalm 16:8; NLT).

You hold my right hand (Psalm 73:23; NLT).

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

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Lord Jesus,
May I spend today
With you?

Walking
Side by side,
Or hand in hand;

Sometimes talking,
Sometimes resting,
Often silent;

Sharing food, and drink,
And love
With all we hail –

For whilst
I’m one with you,
I will not fail.

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Your willing slave

The slave may declare, ‘I love my master [and] I don’t want to go free’ (Exodus 21:6; NLT).

I would even be willing to become a slave, washing the feet of his servants (1 Samuel 25:41; NLT).

Since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet (John 13:14; NLT).

Whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave (Matthew 20:27; NIV).

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Lord God,
May I be bound to you –

Your willing slave for life,
And evermore,

Amen.

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You are fire

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

Be gracious to me, Lord, for I am weak (Psalm 6:2; CSB).

You are the temple of the living God (2 Corinthians 6:16; NLT).

He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils (Genesis 2:7; NLT).

I came to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already set ablaze! (Luke 12:49; CSB).

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

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Lord,

You are fire,
But I’m so weak
That I can only host
A tiny spark.

Breathe on my flame
So it grows strong,
And helps to set the world
Ablaze with love.

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We’re your kin

He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have (Romans 8:3; NLT).

All who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers (Luke 2:47; NLT).

Love your enemies! […] Pray for those who hurt you (Luke 6:27-8; NLT).

Jesus replied, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?” Then he looked around him and said, “Look, these are my mother and brothers. Anyone who does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother” (Mark 3:33-5; NLT).

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Lord,

You had a mortal body,
Just like ours,

And the finest human mind
There’s ever been.

Plus, you have such perfect love
For all the world,

And the wisest ever soul –
Yet we’re your kin.

 

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The flood

Build a large boat from cypress wood and waterproof it with tar (Genesis 6:14; NLT).

The flood came and covered the earth (Genesis 7:10; NLT).

The dove returned to him in the evening with a fresh olive leaf in its beak (Genesis 8:11; NLT).

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Father,
You’re the shipwright;

Father,
You’re the flood.

Father,
You’re the olive leaf;

Father,
You’re the dove.

 

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