Learning from life

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).

1. Lord,
You know unerringly
Just what we need to learn,

2. So everything
We face in life with prayer
Can help us turn

3. Towards you, Father,
And your Son,
Your Holy Spirit, too,

4. For you
Are our great Comforter:
The God who helps us through.

References

1. Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me (Psalm 139:1; NLT).

2. All things work together for good to those who love God (Romans 8:28; NKJV).

3. Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts (Joel 2:12, NLT).

4. I will send you the Advocate [or Comforter] (John 15:26; NLT).

He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy (Psalm 28:7; NLT).

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me (Psalm 23:4; KJV).

Mary’s song

My lover is mine, and I am his (Song of Songs 2:16; NLT).

1. Waves of darkness overwhelm me,
Filling me with pure delight.

2. Waves of rapture inundate me:
This, the moment we unite.

3. Waves of wonder overcome me,
Flooding me with deepest awe.

4. Waves of love, Lord, saturate me:
We are one for evermore.

References

1. How my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour! (Luke 1:47; NLT).

2. The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you (Luke 1:35; NLT).

3. Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean (Luke 1:29; NLT).

4. You have found favour with God! (Luke 1:30; NLT).

Without you

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

1. Without you I  am nothing, Father –
Finite flesh and fragile bone.

2. Without you I am nothing, Mary –
Motherless, and all alone.

3. Without you I am nothing, Jesus –
Sinful, weak, condemned to death.

4. Without you I am nothing, Spirit –
You alone give life and breath.

References

1. You lived in this world without God and without hope (Ephesians 2:12; NLT).

We ourselves are like fragile clay jars (2 Corinthians 4:7; NLT).

2. He said to this disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from then on this disciple took her into his home (John 19:27; NLT).

3. The wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23; NLT).

4. The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life (Job 33:4; NLT).

From earth to infinity

1. From earth, Lord, to infinity
We all return, one day.

2. From suffering to perfect health
Our spirits fly away.

3. From wretchedness to happiness
Our souls, at last, will come

4. From death to immortality,
When our race has been run.

5. Yet all this can be ours in life:
Your kingdom is so near

6. A prayer, kind word, or action
And your kingdom, Lord, is here.

7. Then we will live in heaven on earth,
Released from fear and sin,

8. United in our love, Lord,
For your kingdom is within!

References

1. Return, O my soul, to your rest (Psalm 116:7: ESV).

2. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain (Revelation 21:4; NLT).

3. Come and share your master’s happiness! (Matthew 25:21; NIV).

4. To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honour and immortality, he will give eternal life (Romans 2:7; NIV).
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful (2 Timothy 4:7; NLT).

5. Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven (Philippians 1:27; NLT).
The Kingdom of God is near (Luke 10:11; NLT).

6. Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12:9; NLT).
The Kingdom of God is already among you (Luke 17:21; NLT).

7. Perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18; NKJV).
He gave his life to free us from from every kind of sin (Titus 2:14; NLT).

8. Whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17; NIV).
The kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:21; NKJV).

You give us bodies

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

1. You give us bodies
Made from dust;
To dust they will return.

2. You lend us minds,
Though they will die,
No matter what we learn.

3. You loan us hearts,
Just for a while,
So we can seek your face;

4. But our souls, Lord,
Are part of you:
Our source, and resting-place.

References

1. You were made from dust, and to dust you will return (Genesis 3:19; NLT).

2. We have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16; NLT).

How frail is humanity! How short is life, how full of trouble! (Job 14:1; NLT).

3. I will […] give you a heart of flesh (Ezekiel 36:26; NIV).

Seek his face always (1 Chronicles 16:11; NIV).

4. I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1:5; NLT).

He himself gives life and breath to everything (Acts 17:25; NLT).

His resting place shall be glorious (Isaiah 11:10; NKJV).

The sacred arts

Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples (Luke 11:1; NLT).

1. Teach us, Lord, to pray like you,
Who walked on Jordan’s banks,
So we can practice constantly
The sacred art of thanks.

2. Guide us all to pray like you,
Who saved all those who strayed,
So we can practice constantly
The sacred art of praise.

3. Show us how to pray like you,
Who raised the lifeless boy,
So we can practice constantly
The sacred art of joy.

4. Help us, Lord, to pray like you,
Who gave your flesh and blood,
So we can practice constantly
The sacred art of love.

References

1. Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks to God, and distributed them to the people
(John 6:11; NLT).

Give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18; NIV).

2. Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth” (Matthew 11:25; NIV).

O God, we […] constantly praise your name (Psalm 44:8; NLT).

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

Rejoice always (1 Thessalonians 5:17; NIV).

4. Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself’” (Matthew 22:37-39; NLT).

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

On the altar

David built an altar there to the Lord (2 Samuel 24:25; NLT).

 1. Here, within this candle-flame,
Is God,
Who comes from heaven to reign.

2. Here, within this sacred bread,
His Son,
The first fruits of the dead.

3. Here, within this cup of wine,
His Spirit,
Who is truth divine.

4. Here, within this mystery,
Is God,
In perfect unity.

 

References

1. The Holy One will be a flame (Isaiah 10:17; NLT).
He will reign forever and ever (Revelation 11:15; NLT).

2. He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body” (Luke 22:19; NIV).
Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep (Corinthians 15:20; NIV).

3. He took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them, and they all drank from it. And he said to them, “This is my blood” (Mark 14:23-4; NLT).
The Spirit is truth (1 John 5:6; NKJV).

4.The wisdom we speak of is the mystery of God (1 Corinthians 2:7; NLT).
The Lord our God is one (Mark 12:29; NIV).