There’s always time

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1. There’s always time
To offer love,
And treat each person
With respect.

2. There’s always time
To listen,
To respond with kindness,
And connect.

3. There’s always time
To understand,
And put the other person
First.

4. There’s always time
To see in them
Our Saviour, Christ,
Who cried, “I thirst!”

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References

1. Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12:9; NLT. My emphasis).

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

You will be treated as you treat others (Matthew 7:2; NLT).

2. The wise listen to others (Romans 12:15; NLT).

Be kind to everyone (2 Timothy 2:24; NLT).

Anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf is welcoming me (Matthew 18:5; NLT).

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

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

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

Love your enemies! (Matthew 5:44; NLT).

He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others (2 Corinthians 1:4; NLT).

3. Whoever wants to be first must take last place and be the servant of everyone else (Mark 9:35; NLT).

4. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us (Colossians 3:11; NLT).

Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfil the scripture), “I thirst” (John 19:28; RSV).

I long for you

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“Listen,” he said, “we’re going up to Jerusalem, where the Son of Man will be betrayed to the leading priests and the teachers of religious law. They will sentence him to die”
(Matthew 20:18; NLT).

1. I long for you
As evening falls,
And dusk turns into night.

Father,
Must I drink this cup?
It’s too late now for flight.

2. I yearn for you
When morning comes.
I want to do your will.

Lord,
I am lost: betrayed; condemned –
And yet I trust you still.

3. My strength is gone
And death draws near.
I cannot bear this pain.

Father,
Come to rescue me,
Then I’ll rejoice again.

4. I thirst for you.
My courage fails –
Destroyed by sin and shame.

Lord,

Why have you forsaken me,
Though I cry out your name?

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References

1. As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God (Psalm 42:1; NLT).

Then Jesus went with them to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and he said, “Sit here while I go over there to pray.” He took Peter and Zebedee’s two sons, James and John, and he became anguished and distressed. He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death” (Matthew 26:36-8; NLT).

My heart is in anguish within me; the terrors of death have fallen on me. Fear and trembling have beset me; horror has overwhelmed me (Psalm 55:4-5; NIV).

He went on a little further and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me…

2. …Yet I want your will to be done, not mine” (Matthew 26:39; NLT).

I yearn for the Lord, more than watchmen do for the morning (Psalm 130:6; NET).

The traitor, Judas, had given them a prearranged signal: You will know which one to arrest when I greet him with a kiss. Then you can take him away under guard (Mark 14:44; NLT).

So Pilate sentenced Jesus to die as they demanded (Luke 23:24; NLT).

Don’t you realise that I could ask my Father for thousands of angels to protect us, and he would send them instantly? (Matthew 26:53; NLT).

3. My life is poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint. My heart is like wax, melting within me. My strength has dried up like sunbaked clay. My tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth (Psalm 22:14-15; NLT).

The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name” (Psalm 91:14; NLT).

4. Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfil the scripture),“I thirst” (John 19:28; RSV).

It was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down (Isaiah 53:4; NLT).

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish? (Psalm 22:1; NIV).

Longing

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Evening and morning and at noon
I will pray, and cry aloud,
and he shall hear my voice 

(Psalm 55:17; NKJV).

1. Lord,
I lift my voice in prayer,
Longing for you at dawn:

For life is tough,
And the road is rough –
Yet I am so frail and worn.

2. Lord,
I lift my hands in prayer,
Thirsting for you at noon:

For life is bleak,
And the track is steep –
So I’ll need your assistance soon.

3. Lord,
I lift my heart in prayer,
Aching for you at dusk:

For life is hard,
And the way is barred –
In your help alone, I trust.

4. Lord,
I lift my soul in prayer,
Sighing for you at night:

For life is harsh,
And the path is dark –
Now you are my only light.

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References

1. I cry aloud to the Lord; I lift up my voice to the Lord for mercy (Psalm 142:1; NIV).

The gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult (Matthew 7:14; NLT).

Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am frail (Psalm 6:2; NET).

2. I lift my hands to you for mercy (Psalm 88:9; NLT).

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

My eyes are blinded by my tears. Each day I beg for your help, O Lord (Psalm 88:9; NLT).

3. Let us lift our hearts and hands toward God in heaven (Lamentations 3:41; NLT).

He has barred my way with blocks of stone (Lamentations 3:9; NIV).

Help us, O Lord our God, for we trust in you alone (2 Chronicles 14:11; NLT).

4. To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul (Psalm 25:1; NKJV).

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

The Lord is my light and my salvation (Psalm 27:1; NLT).

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