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).

Need

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Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously,
and he will give you everything you need
(Matthew 6:33; NLT).

1. God gives us
Everything we have –

2. Not all we want,
But all we need.

3. He satisfies us,
Day by day,

4. With sun, and rain;
With crops, and seed.

5. He sends his Son
To light our path.

6. He gives us birth, and life,
And breath.

7. He hears, and answers,
When we pray,

8. And welcomes home our souls,
In death.

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References

1. Everything we have has come from you (1 Chronicles 29:14; NLT).

2. He will give you everything you need (Matthew 6:33; NLT).

3. He satisfies every need (Acts 17:25; NLT).

4. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous (Matthew 5:45; NIV).

They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry (Isaiah 55:10; NLT).

5. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him (John 3:17; NLT).

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

6. You clothed me with skin and flesh, and you knit my bones and sinews together (Job 10:11; NLT).

You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body, and knit me together in my mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13; NLT).

He himself gives everyone life and breath (Acts 17:25; NIV).

7. The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help (Psalm 34:17; NLT).

I call out to the Lord, and he answers me from his holy mountain (Psalm 3:4; NIV).

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

You will not leave my soul among the dead (Psalm 16:10; NLT).

While he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him (Luke 15:20; NLT).

Love and peace

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The God of love and peace will be with you
(2 Corinthians 13:11; NLT).

1. Just as water finds its way,
May your love stream through my heart,
And flow to others, as I try
To see you, Lord, in all, each day.

2. Just as water finds its course,
May your peace flood through my soul,
And spread to others, as I try
To show them, Lord, its perfect source.

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References

1. He who believes in me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water (John 7:38; NKJV).

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

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

Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us (Colossians 3:11; NLT).

2. This is what the Lord says: I will make peace flow to her like a river (Isaiah 66:12; CSB).

He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us (2 Corinthians 1:3; NLT).

I will show you the most excellent way (1 Corinthians 12:31; NIV).

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

He will be the source of peace (Micah 5:5; NLT).

Start in silence

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

1. Start in silence.
Wait alone.
Make the Lord
Your hiding-place.

Share each grief and fear
With him,
Then God will heal you,
Deep within.

2. Live in stillness.
Go apart.
Make the Lord
Your dwelling-place.

Love and serve
With all your soul,
Then God will come
To make you whole.

3. End in darkness.
Slip away.
Make the Lord
Your resting-place.

He will share
Your final breath,
Then take you home, at last,
In death.

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References

1. You are my hiding place (Psalm 32:7; NLT).

Pour out your hearts to him (Psalm 62:8; NIV).

He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases (Psalm 103:3; NLT).

2. The eternal God is your dwelling place (Deuteronomy 33:27; ESV).

Jesus left the crowds to pray alone (Luke 9:18; 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).

Serve only the Lord your God (Deuteronomy 13:4; NLT).

Upon him was the chastisement that made us whole (Isaiah 53:5; RSV).

3. His resting place will be glorious (Isaiah 11:10; NASB).

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

The dust will return to the earth, and the spirit will return to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; NLT).

Source

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1. You are the source
Of all my joy,
My confidence,
And hope.

2. You are the source
Of my salvation,
Comfort, strength,
And peace.

3. You are the source
Of all my faith,
My light, my truth,
My love.

4. You are the source
Of my poor soul:
My God,
In heaven above.

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References

1. I will go to the altar of God, to God – the source of all my joy (Psalm 43:4; NLT).

Blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence (Jeremiah 17:7; NLT).

God [is] the source of all hope (Romans 15:13; NLT).

2. He became the source of eternal salvation for all those who obey him (Hebrews 5:9; NLT).

God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3; NLT).

The Lord is my strength (Psalm 28:7; NLT).

He will be the source of peace (Micah 5:5; NLT).

3. It is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8; NIV).

The Lord is my light (Psalm 27:1; NLT).

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

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

4. The Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul (Genesis 2:7; KJV).

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

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

You are my God (Psalm 31:14; NLT).

Only God in heaven is your spiritual Father (Matthew 23:9; 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).

Completion

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No one knows when their hour will come
(Ecclesiastes 9:12; NIV).

1. Lord,
When we die,
You call us home,
Whether or not we think
Our work is done –

For, long, or short,
Our exile is complete,
The moment you decide
Our end has come.

2. Lord,
When we die,
You take us back,
Whether or not we think
The time is right –

For, good, or bad,
Our record is complete,
The moment we face judgement
In your sight.

3. Lord,
When we die,
You claim our souls,
Whether or not we’ve tried
To do our best –

For, rough or smooth,
Our journey is complete,
The moment you conclude
Our earthly test.

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References

1. Soon I must go down that road from which I never will return (Job 16:22; NLT).

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

3. The Lord gives both death and life (1 Samuel 2:6; NLT).

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

The Lord your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul (Deuteronomy 13:3; NIV).

In my dreams

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I long for the Lord (Psalm 130:6; NLT).

1. Lord,
I long to see you
In my dreams –
To join the crowd,
And listen
As you preach.

2. Lord,
I want to meet you
In my dreams –
To sit with you,
And learn
From all you teach.

3. Lord,
I yearn to reach out
In my dreams –
To touch your robe,
And know, at last,
I’m whole.

4. Lord,
I thirst to serve you
In my dreams –
Then wake,
And help you save
Some poor, lost soul.

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References

1. The large crowd listened to him with great delight (Mark 12:37; NLT).

2. Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught (Luke 10:39; NLT).

3. If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed (Matthew 9:21; NLT).

4. Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners (1 Timothy 1:15; NLT).

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength to do his work. He considered me trustworthy and appointed me to serve him (1 Timothy 1:12; NLT).

Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all” (Mark 9:35; NIV).

Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me (Matthew 25:40; NIV).

All my thoughts

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Put on your new nature, and be renewed
as you learn to know your Creator
and become like him (Colossians 3:10; NLT).

1. May all my thoughts, Lord,
Be like yours,

2. And your love reign
Within my heart.

3. Please live forever
In my soul –

4. Then, though I’m weak,
I shall be whole.

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References

1. We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5; NIV).

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2; NIV).

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

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

I have hidden your word in my heart (Psalm 119:11; NLT).

3. Jesus lives forever (Hebrews 7:24; NLT).

Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us (Colossians 3:11; NLT).


4. Have compassion on me, Lord, for I am weak (Psalm 6:2; 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).

When I am weak, then I am strong (2 Corinthians 12:10; NLT).

Morning prayer

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Lord God,
Please help me
To love you with all my heart,
Share every thought with you,
Draw all my strength from you,
Unite my soul with yours,
And serve you as best I can
Throughout today.

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References

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

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

Pray about everything (Philippians 4:6; NLT).

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

Pour out your heart to him (Psalm 62:8; NLT).

The Lord God is my strength (Isaiah 12:2; NLT).

Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them (1 John 4:16; NIV).

Serve only him (Luke 4:8; NLT).