With you

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1. With you, night is as radiant
As sunshine,
And suffering as fruitful, Lord,
As health.

2. Silence is as lyrical
As singing,
And poverty as priceless, Lord,
As wealth.

3. Weakness is as powerful
As vigour,
And bad events as treasured, Lord,
As good;

4. Whilst heartbreak is as valuable
As rapture –
But nothing is as precious, Lord,
As love.


References

1. To you the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are the same to you
(Psalm 139:12; NLT).

In all things God works for the good of those who love him (Romans 8:28; NIV).

2. Be silent before the Sovereign Lord (Zephaniah 1:7; NIV).

Sing to the Lord, all the earth (1 Chronicles 16:23; NIV).

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:3; NIV).

3. I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong (2 Corinthians 12:10; KJV).

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:18; NIV).

4. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted (Matthew 5:4; NIV).

The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love (Galatians 5:6; NIV).

I’d rather wait (for A.)

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Wait patiently for him (Psalm 37:7; NIV).

1. I’d rather wait for you, Lord,
Than have power.

2. I’d rather wait for you,
Than have great wealth.

3. I’d rather wait for you, Lord,
Than have knowledge.

4. I’d rather wait for you,
Than have good health.


References

1. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth (Matthew 5:5; NIV).

2. Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:3; NIV).

3. Anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it (Mark 10:15; NIV).

4. When I am weak, then I am strong (2 Corinthians 12:10; NLT).

Covid-19 (#2 of 2 linked poems)

1. This plague won’t end
Until we turn to God,
Wanting to change our goal
From looks, to love.

2. This plague won’t end
Until we turn to God,
Willing to shift our hopes
From wealth, to love.

3. This plague won’t end
Until we turn to God,
Ready to move our hearts
From hate, to love.

4. This plague won’t end
Until we turn to God,
Learning to switch
From selfishness, to love.

5. This plague won’t end
Until we’ve understood,
And changed our way of life on earth –
For good!


References

1. Repent of your sins and turn to God (Matthew 3:2; NLT).

People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart (1 Samuel 16:7; NLT).

2. God said to him, “You fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get everything you worked for?” (Luke 12:20; NLT).

3. You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbour’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! (Matthew 5:44; NLT).

Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you (Luke 6:27; NLT).

4. Then he [Jesus] said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me” (Luke 9:23; NLT).

5. Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance (1 Corinthians 13:4-7; NLT)

You have shown me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever (Psalm 16:11; NLT).

Covid-19 (#1 of 2 linked poems)

1. This plague won’t end
Until we start to change,
Moving our main concern
From get,
To give.

2. This plague won’t end
Until we start to change,
Shifting our aim
From greed,
To how we live.

3. This plague won’t end
Until we start to change,
Turning our main resolve
From keep,
To share.

4. This plague won’t end
Until we start to change,
Swapping our main intent
From wealth,
To care.

5. This plague won’t end
Until we start to change,
Switching our main desire
From self,
To love.

6. This plague won’t end
Until we’ve understood,
And learned to change
Our way of life –
For good!