Forgive our sins

 

Father,
Please forgive our sins,
For we are all imperfect.

Father,
Seek and find us all,
For we all go astray.

Father,
Heal and strengthen us,
For we are all so fragile.

Father,
Please restore our souls,
And help us through each day.

 

References

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

We have all sinned against you (Jeremiah 14:20; NLT).

If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it? (Luke 15:4; NLT).

They have stubbornly followed their own desires (Jeremiah 9:14; NLT).

We are sick and helpless (Isaiah 33:24; NLT).

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

He restores my soul (Psalm 23:3; NKJV).

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

Always with me

 

Father,
Always with me –
You’re the light
That guides my feet.

Jesus,
Always with me –
You’re in everyone
I meet

Mary,
Always with me – 
You’re the guardian
Of my soul.

Spirit,
Always with me –
You’re the love
That makes me whole.

 

References 

Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path (Psalm 119:105; NLT).

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

He took notice of his lowly servant girl, and from now on all generations will call me blessed (Luke 1:48; NLT).

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).

 

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May I live in your presence

May I live in your presence, Lord,
By praying night and day;
Then I will trust in God, like you,
Rejoicing in his way. 

May I live in your presence, Lord, 
By walking at your side;
Then I will speak the truth, like you,  
And constantly confide. 

May I live in your presence, Lord, 
By sitting at your feet;
Then I’ll increase in wisdom, Lord,
For all your words are sweet. 

May I live in your presence, Lord,
By kneeling at your cross;
Then I will grow in love, like you,
For all else, Lord, is dross. 

 

References 

They will pray day and night, continually (Isaiah 62:6; NLT).

As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Matthew got up and followed him (Matthew 9:9; NLT).

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

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

How sweet your words taste to me; they are sweeter than honey (Psalm 119:24; NLT).

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

He will sit like a refiner of silver, burning away the dross (Malachi 3:3; NLT).

As darkness falls

As darkness falls,
I come ashore,

And take the path
To heaven’s door.

You run to meet me,
Kiss my face,

And overwhelm me
With your grace.

 

References

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

There before me was a door standing open in heaven (Revelation 4:1; NIV).

While he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him (Luke 15:20; NIV).

Doesn’t your fear of him overwhelm you? (Job 13:11; NLT).

Let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most (Hebrews 4:16; NLT).

Be open

 

Be open
To the presence
Of our God –

The One who makes
The earth, and sea, 
And sky;

The One who shares 
Our lives of pain 
And pleasure;

The One who gave us 
His dear Son –
To die.  

 

References

Surely the Lord is in this place, and I wasn’t even aware of it! (Genesis 28:16; NLT).

There is only one God, the Father, who created everything, and we live for him (1 Corinthians 8:6; NLT).

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

Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn (Romans 12:15).

God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16; RSV).

This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased (Matthew 17:5; NIV).

The Son of Man must die, as the Scriptures declared long ago (Mark 14:21; NLT).

Left and right

 

Although I can’t tell left 
From right,

Please help me, Lord,
Throughout my life,

As I seek out 
The path towards 

Your kingdom,
Deep within. 

 

References

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it” (Isaiah 30:21; NIV).

Jesus answered, “I am the way the truth and the life” (John 14:6).

Travel steadily along his path (Psalm 37:34; NLT).

The kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:21; NKJV).