change, death, exile, oneness, Prayer, resurrection

You give us birth

 

Father God,
You give us birth,
Our chance to live and grow,
Becoming more like Christ, your Son,
Born here so long ago.

Father God,
You give us life,
Our chance to change and learn,
Becoming more like Christ, your Son,
To whom we gladly turn.

Father God,
You give us death,
Our chance to be made new,
Becoming more like Christ your Son,
Who reigns in heaven with you.

Father God,
You give us joy
In heaven, with your Son,
So we may grasp your deepest truth –
That you, and all, are One.

 

References

He himself gives life and breath to everything (Acts 17:25; NLT).

We will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ (Ephesians 4:15; NLT).

Grow to maturity (2 Corinthians 13:11; NLT).

Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me” (Matthew 16:24; NLT).

The Lord gives both death and life (1 Samuel 2:6; NLY).

God [..] gives life to the dead (Romans 4:17; NLT).

When our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled: “Death is swallowed up in victory” (1 Corinthians 15:54; NLT).

The world has now become the Kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign forever and ever (Revelation 11:15; NLT).

A great reward awaits you in heaven (Matthew 5:12; NLT).

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).

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

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One with you

Lord, 
We’re one with you 
Before our birth —

One light with you; 
One truth; one peace; 
One love.

We thirst for you
In exile, 
Here on earth;

Then reunite 
With you,
In heaven above. 

 

References

I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1:5; NLT).

God is light (1 John 1:5; NLT). 

The Spirit is truth (1 John 5:6; NKJV).

The Lord is peace (Judges 6:24; NLT).

God is love (1 John 4:16; NLT).

O God, you are my God; my soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water (Psalm 63:1; NLT).

Here in exile my heart is breaking (Psalm 42:6; GNT).

I will be a sanctuary to you during your time in exile (Ezekiel 11:16; NLT).

The dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; NIV).

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Your breath is my soul

You formed me, Father,
Then I came to birth.

The cord was cut –
Survival was my goal.

You breathed the breath of life
Into my body,

And thus your Spirit, Lord,
Became my soul.

May I always know
Your Spirit’s presence;

May I pray in him
Till my last breath.

Then my bones will go back 
To the dust, Lord, 

But my soul will merge with you
Beyond my death. 

References

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; WEB).

The Spirit of God lives in you (1 Corinthians 3:16; NLT).

Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion (Ephesians 6:18; NLT). 

The dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; NIV).

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I’m insignificant

 

I know I’m insignificant
But I’m still part of you,

From long before you formed me 
In the womb;

In birth, in life, in death, Lord, 
Then far beyond the tomb –

I’m part of you forever,
And amen!

 

References

I am nothing but dust and ashes (Genesis 18:27; NIV).

Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them (1 John 4:16; NIV).

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

I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1:5; NLT). 

The dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; NIV).

Nothing can ever separate us from God’s love (Romans 8:38; NLT).

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My only strength

   

Lord, 

You are 
My only strength –

I have none
Of my own.

I love you, Lord, 
With all my mind –

May my thoughts
Be your home. 

I love you, Lord,
With all my heart –

Your temple 
Here on earth.

I love you, Lord,
With all my soul –

The stable 
Of your birth. 

 

References

My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9; NLT).

Jesus replied, “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them” (John 14:23; NLT).

You are the temple of the living God (2 Corinthians 6:16; NLT).

While they were there, the time came for her to be delivered. And she gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped him in swaddling-cloths, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn (Luke 2:6-7; RSV).

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May I share

 

Jesus,
May I share your birth;

Jesus,
May I share your breath.

Jesus,
May I share your pain; 

Jesus, 
May I share your death.

Jesus,
May I share your flesh;

Jesus,
May I share your blood.

Jesus,
May I share your faith;

Jesus,
May I share your love.

 

References

Unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God (John 3:3; NLT).

Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit” John 20:22; NLT).

If we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering (Romans 8:17; NLT).

Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies (2 Corinthians 4:10; NLT).

Anyone who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life (John 6:54; NLT).

If you have faith and don’t doubt, you can do things like this and much more (Matthew 21:21; NLT).

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends (John 15:13; NIV).

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Resting place

 

Lord God, 

We are your resting place
From birth.

You live within our hearts –
Your realm on earth.

You dwell within us, Lord,
Till our last breath.

Then you become our resting place
In death. 

 

References

God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them (1 John 4:16; NLT). 

The kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:21; NKJV).

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).

Then the dust will return to the earth, and the spirit will return to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; NLT).

This is my resting place forever; here I will dwell, for I have desired it (Psalm 132:14; NKJV).

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