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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).

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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).

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Our wilderness

 

Lord,

Our wilderness
Can be a place
Of beauty;

Our wilderness
Can be a place
Of fear.

Our wilderness
Can be a place
Of suffering;

But, beautiful,
Or dreadful,
You are here.

 

References

Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer (Luke 5:16; NLT).

God is with us (Matthew 1:23; NLT). 

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You wake with us

 

You wake with us each morning,
And join us when we pray.  
You go with us into the world,
And serve with us each day. 

You laugh with us in good times, 
And sigh when we are lame.
You bow your head when we have sinned, 
And burn with us, in shame.

You sit with us in darkness,
And watch with us at night.
You suffer when we’re full of dread,
And wait with us for light. 

You stay with us in danger,
And shed tears when we weep.
You share our pain when we despair,
And mourn with us in grief.

You comfort us in sickness, 
And help us face death’s rod;
Then walk with us through heaven’s gate –
And gaze with us on God.

 

References

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

Enter his gates with thanksgiving (Psalm 100:4; NLT).

Now we see in a mirror, indirectly, but then we will see face to face (1 Corinthians 13:12; NET).

We all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image (2 Colossians 3:18; NIV).

One thing I ask of the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple (Psalm 27:4; NIV).

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Like Christ

 

Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father (John 14:9; NLT).

The Spirit helps us in our weakness (Romans 8:26; NRSV).

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).

 

Lord God,

You sent your glorious Son
To show us
What you’re like.

Despite our weakness,
May your Spirit help us
To grow more and more like him.

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Unfailing love

 

Lord,

You love us,
Even when we don’t love you. 

You care for us,
Even when we ignore you.

You help us,
Even when we don’t serve you.

You forgive us
Even when we hurt you.

You remember us,
Even when we forget you.

You see us,
Even when we don’t seek you.

You hear us,
Even when we don’t listen to you;

And you know us
Even when we don’t acknowlege you.

Thank you, Lord,
For your unfailing love.

 

References

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

He will care for us (Isaiah 33:22; NLT). 

He helps me (Psalm 28:7; NLT).

He forgives all my sins (Psalm 103:2; NLT).

The Lord remembers us (Psalm 115:12; NLT).

You are the God who sees me (Genesis 16:13; NIV).

He hears my voice (Psalm 116:1; NLT).

You know everything I do (Psalm 130:3; NLT).

He knows the secrets of every heart (Psalm 44:21; NLT).

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How you care!

 

Lord, 

How you care!
Help me to share.

Water and blood
Show me your love.

May my heart burn!
So much to learn.

Water to wine;
Your soul in mine.

 

References

Walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us (Ephesians 5:2; NIV).

One of the soldiers, however, pierced his side with a spear, and immediately blood and water flowed out (John 19:34; NLT).

Didn’t our hearts burn within us as he talked with us? (Luke 24:32; NLT).

He came to Cana, where he had turned the water into wine (John 4:46; NLT).

This is the secret: Christ lives in you (Colossians 1:27; NLT).

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