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All are one

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

I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one – as you are in me, Father, and I am in you (John 17:21; NLT).

The Lord our God is one (Mark 12:29; NIV).

There is one Lord […] who is over all and in all and living through all (Ephesians 4:5-6; NLT).

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I love you, Lord,
But there’s no me,
Nor you,
For we are One.

We love you, Lord,
But there’s no us,
Nor you,
For all are One.

One Lord, one God,
One Love,
That’s all there is –
For all are One.

 

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Buying stuff

 

Lord,
Why does it take
So long
For us to learn
That buying stuff
Cannot bring
Lasting happiness?

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Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven […] For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also (Matthew 6:19-21; NIV).

Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions (Luke 12:15; NRSV).

Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? (Matthew 6:25; NIV).

How much better to get wisdom than gold, to get insight rather than silver! (Proverbs 16:16; NLT).

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I can’t sleep

Here I am (1 Samuel 3:4; NIV).

The life of every living thing is in his hand (Job 12:10; NLT).

Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28; NLT).

You have brought me into your presence forever (Psalm 41:12; NLT).

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Lord God,
I can’t sleep.

Here I am,
In your hand,

With nothing
To do,

And nothing
To say.

So many
Are sleepless;

I pray
For us all:

May we rest
In your presence,

Until break
Of day.

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Everlasting arms

The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms (Deuteronomy 33:27; NIV).

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).

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Lord,

Underneath us
Are your everlasting arms,

Which do not take away
Our pain and suffering,

But help us throughout life,
And through our death.

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So much suffering

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

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

Father, if you are willing, please take this cup off suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine (Luke 22:42; NLT).

Hold fast to him (Deuteronomy 10:20; NIV).

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Lord,

There’s so much suffering
In our brief, human lives,

Such pain to bear,
Such losses to sustain.

Please strengthen us
To face our trials bravely,

And help us to hold fast
Our faith, like you.

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