Mother, Father (#1 of 3)

Context: This prayer is the first of three which arrived yesterday morning, one after another. By the time I went downstairs for breakfast, my head was reeling:

Let me live forever in your sanctuary, safe beneath the shelter of your wings (Psalm 61:4; NLT).

Mother, Father,
Priest and King,
In everyone,
And everything,
I come, each day,
To dance and sing
Beneath the shelter
Of your wing.

Stranger, Neighbour,
Friend and Kin,
In everyone,
And everything,
I come, each day,
To hide, and cling
Beneath the shadow
Of your wing.

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy! I look to you for protection. I will hide beneath the shadow of your wings until the danger passes by (Psalm 57:1; NLT). 

Through loving (#2 of 3)


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).

Through loving God,
We learn to love our neighbours.

Through loving them,
We learn to welcome strangers.

Through loving them,
We learn to love

Even those
Who thirst for blood,

And, loving them,
We learn to love ourselves.

Love your neighbour as yourself (Luke 1027; NLT).

When they came to a place called The Skull, they nailed him to the cross. And the criminals were also crucified – one on his right and one on his left. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.”
(Luke 23:33-4; NLT).

All are one in Christ

Didn’t one God create us?
Why then do we act treacherously against one another?
(Malachi 2:10; NIV).

There is neither Jew nor Gentile,
neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female…

1. There is neither Jew nor Gentile,
Male nor Female,
Slave nor Free.

2. There is neither Black nor White,
Kin nor Stranger,
You nor Me.

3. There is neither Saint nor Sinner,
LBGTQ,
Nor Straight.

4. There is neither East nor West,
Creed nor Dogma,
Church nor State.

5. There is neither Friend nor Foe
Nor Refugee,
Nor Us, nor Them

6. For All are one in Christ:
Our Mother, Father, Spirit, Soul.
Amen.

…for you are all one in Christ Jesus
(Galatians 3:28; NIV).

God shows no favouritism.
In every nation he accepts those who fear him
and do what is right (Acts 10:34-5; NLT). 

Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely
(1 Corinthians 13:12; NLT).


References 

2. Love your neighbour as yourself (James 2:8; NLT).

Love ye therefore the stranger (Deuteronomy 10:19; KJV).

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

Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven (Luke 6:37; NLT).

4. All the world from east to west will know there is no other God (Isaiah 45:6; NLT).

In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his resting place will be glorious (Isaiah 11:10; NIV). 

5. Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you (Luke 6:27-8; NIV).

You, too, must show love to foreigners (Deuteronomy 10:19; NLT).

Let my refugees stay with you (Isaiah 16:4; CSB). 

6. I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd (John 10:16; NIV).

The Almighty …blesses you with blessings of the skies above, blessings of the deep springs below, blessings of the breast and the womb (Genesis 49:25; NIV).

You, Lord, are our Father (Isaiah 63:16; CSB).

As truly as God is our Father, so truly is God our Mother (Revelations of Divine Love, Chapter 59, Julian of Norwich).

Your immortal spirit is in every one of them (Wisdom of Solomon 12:1; GNTA).

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). 

Let all the people say, “Amen” (Psalm 106:48; NLT). 

If you remember me…

Remember the Lord your God.
(Deuteronomy 8:18; NLT).


1. If you remember me,
Do as I bid:
Loving your neighbours,
Just as I did.

2. If you believe in me,
Strive to do good:
Loving each stranger,
Just as I would.

3. If you depend on me,
Help others, too:
Loving each foreigner,
Just as I do.

4. No matter what happens,
Hold fast to me, still:
Loving your enemies –
Just as I will.

🖤

I will show my love to the one I called ‘Not my loved one.’
I will say to those called ‘Not my people,’ ‘You are my people’;
and they will say, ‘You are my God.’
(Hosea 2:23; NIV). 

 


References 

1. Love your neighbour as yourself (Mark 12:31; NLT).

2. Love the stranger (Deuteronomy 10:19; NKJV).

3. Show love to foreigners (Deuteronomy 10:19; NLT).

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

4. Hold fast to the Lord your God (Joshua 23:8; NIV).

Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you (Luke 6:27-8; NIV).