My offering

Bring your offering and come into his presence
(1 Chronicles 16:29; NLT).

1. Silence
Is my offering,

2. And stillness,
All I have to share;

3. Solitude,
My sacrifice,

4. And darkness, Lord,
My only prayer.


References

1. Be silent before the Sovereign Lord (Zephaniah 1:7; NIV).

2. Be still, and know that I am God (Psalm 46:10; NIV).

3. When you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private (Matthew 6:6; NLT).

4. If you are walking in darkness, without a ray of light, trust in the Lord and rely on your God (Isaiah 50:10; NLT).

Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light (Micah 7:8; NLT).

What can I offer?

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What can I offer the Lord for all he has done for me?
(Psalm 116:12; NLT).

I offer you my weak, frail flesh,
Stripped of all the health and strength of youth.
It’s yours already, Lord, for you conceived it,
Yet I have nothing else to give, in truth.

I offer you my damaged mind,
Stripped of all my hopes of paradise.
It’s yours already, Lord, for you ordained it,
But I have nothing else to sacrifice.

I offer you my small, hard heart,
Stripped of all my faith, and peace, and trust.
It’s yours already, Lord, for you assigned it,
Yet I have nothing else to yield, but dust.

I offer you my sinful life,
Stripped of all grace, though you dwell in my soul.
It’s yours already, Lord, for I’m your temple,
But you are the only part of me that’s whole.

Offer every part of yourself to him
(Romans 6:13; NIV).

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Love for God

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Choose today whom you will serve
(Joshua 24:15; NLT).

1. Our love for God
Cannot be forced –
It grows throughout the years,

2. With prayer and worship,
Faith, and trust;
With sacrifice, and tears.

3. As we live
In his presence,
He will fill us to the brim,

4. Until we overflow
With love,
Becoming 
more like him.


References

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

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

If we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering (Romans 8:17; NLT).

3. We know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love (Romans 5:5; NLT).

4. May the Lord cause you to increase and overflow with love for one another and for everyone (1 Thessalonians 3:12; CSB).

The Lord – who is the Spirit – makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image (2 Corinthians 3:18; NLT).

Touch (for A.K.)

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1. Touch my body,
Bind each wound,
For I am faint,
My strength, consumed.

2. Touch my mind,
Correct each thought,
Until I realise
I am naught.

3. Touch my heart,
Yoke me to good,
And fill me with
Your perfect love.

4. Touch my soul,
Make me like Christ
Your Son –
A living sacrifice.

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References

1. He has injured us but he will bind up our wounds (Hosea 6:1; NIV).

My life is spent with grief, and my years with sighing: my strength faileth because of mine iniquity, and my bones are consumed (Psalm 31:10; KJV).

2. The Lord corrects those he loves (Proverbs 3:12; NLT).

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

3. Those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good (1 Peter 4:19; NIV).

We know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love (Romans 5:5; NLT).

4. The Lord – who is the Spirit – makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image (2 Corinthians 3:18; NLT).

So, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice (Romans 12:1; NLT).

Reflections


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Now we see things imperfectly,
like puzzling reflections…

1. Light on water,
Fire from heaven.
Living presence:
Jesus Christ.

2. Peace rains down
On earth, forever.
Love for all,
His sacrifice.

3. Truth streams out
To every mortal.
Faith is offered:
Make your choice!

4. Hope floods down
To all the nations:
Seek God’s Kingdom!
Hear his voice!

5. Ask the Father
To forgive you.
Welcome him
Into your soul,

6. Then, take your cross,
And follow Christ,
For he, alone,
Can make you whole.

…but then we will see everything with perfect clarity
(1 Corinthians 13:12; NLT).

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References

1. God is light (1 John 1:5; NIV).

I am the light of the world (John 8:12; NLT).

Rivers of living water will flow from his heart (John 7:38; NLT).

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

I am with you always, even to the end of the age (Matthew 28:20; NLT).

God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ (John 1:17; NLT).

2. The Lord is peace (Judges 6:24; NLT).

He made peace with everything in heaven and earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross (Colossians 1:20; NLT).

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you (John 14:27; NKJV).

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).

He took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them and said, “Each of you drink from it, for this is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many” (Matthew 26:27-8; NLT).

He loves us with unfailing love (Psalm 117:2; NLT).

3. The Spirit is truth (1 John 5:6; NKJV).

I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes (Romans 1:16; NLT).

The promise is received by faith. It is given as a free gift (Romans 4:16; NLT).

Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make (Deuteronomy 13:19; NLT).

4. I pray that God, the source of all hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13; NLT).

My strong arm will bring justice to the nations. All distant lands will look to me and wait in hope for my powerful arm (Isaiah 51:5; NLT).

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously (Matthew 6:33; NLT).

Today when you hear his voice, don’t harden your hearts (Hebrews 4:7; NLT).

5. 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).

To all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God (John 1:12; NIV).

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

6. Then he said to the crowd, “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).

 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).

He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that made us whole (Isaiah 53:5; RSV).

I am the Lord, who heals you (Exodus 15:27; NIV).

No escape


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In all their suffering he also suffered
(Isaiah 63:9; NLT).

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1. There’s no escape
From suffering,
Unless we face it all
With Christ.

2. There’s no relief
From wretchedness,
Until we place it
In his hands.

3. There’s no time out
From loneliness,
Unless we share
His sacrifice.

4. There’s no release
From agony,
Except with Christ,
Who understands.

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References

1. Days of suffering torment me (Job 30:27; NLT).

If we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering (Romans 8:17; NLT).

2. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? (Romans 7:24; NIV).

Come to me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls (Matthew 11:28-9; NLT).

3. You have taken away my companions and my loved ones. Darkness is my closest friend (Psalm 88:18; NLT).

Then all his disciples deserted him and ran away (Mark 14:50; NLT).

We know what real love us because Jesus gave up his life for us (1 John 3:16; NLT).

Let us also go, that we may die with him (John 11:16; NIV).

4. Heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony (Psalm 6:2; NLT).

My spirit is poured out in agony (Lamentations 2:11; NLT).

This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all the same testings we do (Hebrews 4:15; NLT).

May I share

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1. Father,
In my anguish,
May I share the mind of Christ.

2. Father,
In my torment,
May I share his flesh and blood.

3. Father,
In my dying,
May I share his sacrifice.

4. Father,
In my rising,
May I share his perfect love.

 


References

1. Lord, see my anguish! My heart is broken and my soul despairs (Lamentations 1:20; NLT).

Being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground (Luke 22:44; NIV).

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).

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus (Philippians 2:5; NKJV).

2. My heart is troubled and restless. Days of suffering torment me (Job 30:27; NLT).

He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that made us whole, and with his stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5; RSV).

Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies (2 Corinthians 4:10; NLT).

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

I will praise the Lord as long as I live. I will sing praises to my God with my dying breath (Psalm 146:2; NLT).

If we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering (Romans 8:17; NLT).

4. Though I fall, I will rise again (Micah 7:8; NLT).

The time is coming when all the dead in their graves will hear the voice of God’s Son, and they will rise again (John 5:28-9; NLT).

Perfect love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear (1 John 4:18; NLT).

The mind of Christ

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Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus
(Philippians 2:5; NKJV).

1. I share my mortal dread with you:
Father,
Help me to do your will.

2. I share my agony with you:
Strengthen my faith 

To trust you still.

3. I share my dying breath with you:
Father,
Receive my sacrifice.

4. I share my endless joy with you:
For we are one,
In paradise.

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References

1. In all their suffering he also suffered (Isaiah 63:9; NLT).

He became anguished and distressed. He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me (Matthew 26:37-8; NLT).

The thing that I fear comes upon me, and what I dread befalls me (Job 3:25; RSV).

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).

2. About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”) (Matthew 27:46; NIV).

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).

3. Then Jesus shouted, “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!” And with those words he breathed his last (Luke 23:46; NLT).

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

I and the Father are one (John 10:28-30; NIV).

Today you will be with me in paradise (Luke 23:43; NIV).

Our nourishment

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth and the life”
(John 14:6; NLT).

1. Lord,
You are our guiding star,
Our shepherd’s staff,
Our way.

2. Lord,
You are our nourishment,
Our bread, our truth
Each day.

3. Lord,
You are our sacrifice,
Our great High Priest,
Our life.

4. Lord,
You are our Mighty God,
Our Saviour,
And our light.


References

1. The star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem (Matthew 2:9; 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).

2. Cry out for this nourishment (1 Peter 2:2; NLT).

I am the living bread (John 6:51; NLT).

3. He offered himself as the sacrifice for the people’s sins (Hebrews 7:27; NLT).

We have a Great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God (Hebrews 4:14; NLT).

4. He will be called […] Mighty God (Isaiah 9:6; NIV).

The Father sent his Son to be the Saviour of the world (1 John 4:14; NLT).

I am the light of the world (John 8:12; NIV).