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In return

 

You gave all you had for us: 
Body, blood, life,

So what can we give
In return?

Only our love for you,
Poured out each day, to all –

That’s what we’re here 
To learn. 

 

References

We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us (1 John 3:16; NLT).

I love you, Lord (Psalm 18:1; NLT).

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

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

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

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

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12.9; NLT).

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Does a baby bless its parents?

 

Does a baby bless its parents?
Does a tree thank rain, or earth?

In the same way, we, your offspring,
Disregard you from our birth.

Does a fish believe in water?
Does a bird have faith in air?

In the same way, we, your children,
Take for granted all your care.

Does a mountain know its maker?
Does a river sense its source? 

In the same way, we, your people,
Shrug you off without remorse.

Does the world revere your body?
Does mankind extol your blood?

In the same way, we, your dear ones,
Fail to recognise your love. 

 

References

The fool says in his heart, “There is no God” (Psalm 14:1; NIV).

The Lord must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion (Isaiah 30:18; NLT).

They have eyes to see but do not see (Ezekiel 12:2; NIV).

Suddenly, their eyes were opened, and they recognised him (Luke 24:31; NLT).

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How you care!

 

Lord, 

How you care!
Help me to share.

Water and blood
Show me your love.

May my heart burn!
So much to learn.

Water to wine;
Your soul in mine.

 

References

Walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us (Ephesians 5:2; NIV).

One of the soldiers, however, pierced his side with a spear, and immediately blood and water flowed out (John 19:34; NLT).

Didn’t our hearts burn within us as he talked with us? (Luke 24:32; NLT).

He came to Cana, where he had turned the water into wine (John 4:46; NLT).

This is the secret: Christ lives in you (Colossians 1:27; NLT).

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Transformation

 

Water to wine;
Food for us all –

Bread becomes body;
Wine, precious blood.

Fresh, living water
Pours into each soul –

This is Christ’s way
Of expressing God’s love.

 

References

He came to Cana, where he had turned the water into wine (John 4:46; NLT).

About 5,000 men were fed that day, in addition to all the women and children (Matthew 14:21; NLT).

He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you” (Luke 22:19; NLT).

He took a cup of wine […] He gave it to them and said, “Each of you drink from it, for this is my blood” (Matthew 26:27-8; NLT).

It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God (1 Peter 1:19; NLT).

Rivers of living water will flow from his heart (John 7:38; NLT).

God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came through Christ Jesus (John 1:17; NLT).

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The shedding of blood

 

Hello to all readers. I thought you might be interested in some catch-up news, as quite a lot has been happening recently. Yesterday I made my first confession, and today was received into the Catholic Church, making my first Holy Communion.

After a recent diagnosis of breast-cancer, I’ll be having a mastectomy tomorrow. I hope to publish my blog as usual, but if I’m not well enough, there could be a gap.

Much love to you all, and thank you so much for your encouragement, praise and messages, all of which mean a lot to me.

With all best wishes from Ruth XXXXXXX

 

Without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness (Hebrews 9:22; NLT).

 

Long, long ago,
Before you paid our price, 
We drained the blood 
Of perfect lambs,
In holy sacrifice.

Then you were sent 
To save us from God’s wrath.
What did we do? 
We flogged you, Lord,
And hung you on the cross.

We nailed you there,
And slowly drained your blood.
Yet as you died 
You bore our sins, 
And saved us with your love.

 

References

I have paid the price to set you free (Isaiah 44:22; NLT).

You must sacrifice a one-year-old male lamb with no defects (Leviticus 23:12; NLT).

God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16; NLT).

He ordered Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip (Mark 15:15; NLT).

“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness (1 Peter 2:24; NIV).

Since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation (Romans 5:9; NLT).

We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us (1 John 3:16; NLT).

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A grace

 

May all I eat
Become your living body.

May all I drink
Become your precious blood.

May all my drugs
Become your healing touch, Lord.

May all I am
Become one with your love.

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References

Jesus took some bread and blessed it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “Take this and eat it, for this is my body” (Matthew 26:26; NLT).

He took a cup of wine […] He gave it to them and said, “Each of you drink from it, for this is my blood” (Matthew 26:27-8; NLT).

They begged him to touch the man and heal him (Mark 8:22; NLT).

You are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28; NLT).

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

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What is brighter?

What is brighter
Than God’s light?

What is fiercer
Than his fire?

What is wiser
Than God’s truth?

What is slower
Than his ire?

What is gentler
Than God’s voice?

What is dearer 
Than his blood?

What is stronger
Than God’s peace?

What is deeper
Than his love?

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References

God is light (1 John 1:5; NIV). 

God is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; NIV).

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

The Lord is slow to anger (Numbers 14:18; NLT).

After the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper (1 Kings 19:12; NLT).

This is my blood […] It is poured out as a sacrifice for many (Mark 14:24; NLT).

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

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

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