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One with you

Lord, we are forever 
One with you.

We come from you; remain in you;
Return to you. 

Your Spirit never leaves us,
Nor forsakes us –

Lord, we are forever
One with you.

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Born from the oblivion 
Of Eden,

And exiled to this world
To seek your way    

Through all the trials and sorrows
Living brings us –

Lord, we are forever
One with you.

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In time, we face 
Gethsemane’s deep anguish,

And walk the lonely shadows   
Of death’s vale,

Till exile ends, 
And we come home to Eden –

Where, Lord, we are forever 
One with you.

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References:

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

Remain in me, and I will remain in you (John 15:4; NLT).

The Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6; NIV).

I will be a sanctuary to you during your time in exile (Ezekiel 11:16; NLT).

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

Walk in the way of love (Ephesians 5:2; NIV). 

My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death (Matthew 26:38; NLT).

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).

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

Then we will be with the Lord forever (1 Thessalonians 4:17; NLT).

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Forgive our inhumanity

Forgive our inhumanity –
We haven’t learned at all

Since torturing your Son to death,
Our violence still appalls. 

For we are lower than the beasts –
Our hate, legitimised;

Please help us, Lord, to turn to you, 
Repent, and be baptised.

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Will those who do evil never learn? They eat up my people like bread and wouldn’t think of praying to the Lord (Psalm 14:4; NLT).

Then the soldiers nailed him to the cross (Mark 15:24; NLT).

The time is coming when those who kill you will think they are doing a holy service for God. This is because they have never known the Father or me (John 16:2-3; NLT).

Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptised in the name of Christ Jesus (Acts 2:38; NLT).

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Hatred

You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbour’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! (Matthew 5:43-4; NLT).

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34; NIV).

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

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The only thing I hate
Is hate itself, Lord,

So I take my example
From your Son,

Who, though he suffered, 
Never hated others,

But spoke the truth in love
To everyone.

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Make us whole

How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day? (Psalm 13:2; NLT).

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

“Lord,” the man said, “if you are willing, you can heal me” (Matthew 8:2; NLT).

Forgive all my sins (Psalm 25:18; NLT).

The oppressed will be set free (Luke 4:18; NLT).

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Lord Jesus,
I am stunted

(That’s no surprise 
To you),

By all the years  
Of mum’s abuse

(You know that
This is true).

Please heal us both
In flesh and bone,

In mind, and heart,
And soul;

Forgive our sins,
And set us free –

Christ Jesus, 
Make us whole! 

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The kingdom of God

Friends, let us live
In the kingdom of God,

For though other people
Might think we are odd,

As we love, and forgive,
As we serve, and rejoice,

We will show all we meet
They can make the same choice.

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

Love your neighbour as yourself (Matthew 22:39; NIV).

Love your enemies (Matthew 5:44; NIV).

Forgive anyone who offends you (Colossians 3:13; NLT).

Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all (Mark 9:35; NIV).

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NIV).

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Living Lord

You are our heart’s desire,
And our reward;

The Son of Man,
Whose life has been outpoured;

The Christ who dwells within;
Who is adored;

The anchor of our souls –
Our living Lord.

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Our heart’s desire is to glorify your name (Isaiah 26:2; NLT).

I will trust God for my reward (Isaiah 49:4; NLT).

The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many (Matthew 20:28; NLT).

It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me (Galatians 2:20; NLT).

I love you, Lord (Psalm 18:1; NLT).

This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls (Hebrews 6:19; NLT).

Christ is the living cornerstone of God’s temple (1 Peter 2:4; NLT).

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Change

My enemies refuse to change their ways (Psalm 55:19; NLT).

They refuse to change their evil ways (Jeremiah 15:7; NLT).

Change your hearts before the Lord (Jeremiah 4:4; NLT).

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Whenever we try 
To make someone change

We are already doomed, Lord,
To failure;

For we are the ones 
Who are needing to change,

In the light of the other’s
Behaviour.

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