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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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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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Healing energy

 

Lord,
May your healing energy
And peace,
Flow into my body,  
Mind,
And heart.

 

References

The Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in his wings. And you will go free, leaping with joy like calves let out to pasture (Malachi 4:2; NLT).

He gives strength to those who are tired; to the ones who lack power, he gives renewed energy (Isaiah 40:29; NLT).

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Save us!

 

Lord, 

Save us, 
For we suffer –
Heal our bodies. 

Save us, 
For we sorrow – 
Heal our minds.

Save us, 
For we founder –
Heal our hearts, Lord.

Save us, 
For we perish –
Heal our souls.

 

References 

The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown” (Matthew 8:25; NLT).

You threw me into the ocean depths, and I sank down to the heart of the sea. The mighty waters engulfed me; I was buried beneath your wild and stormy waves (Jonah 2:3; NLT).

You have allowed me to suffer much hardship, but you will restore me to life again and lift me up from the depths of the earth (Psalm 71:20; NLT).

Lord, be merciful to me: heal my soul; for I have sinned against thee (Psalm 41:4; WEB).

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Our bodies come from dust

 

Our bodies come from dust, Lord God;
To dust they will return.

Our minds reach out to Christ, your Son,
The One from whom we learn.

Our hearts receive your Spirit, Lord, 
The One so many spurn,

But our souls are part of you, Lord God,
The One for whom we yearn.

Our souls are part of you, Lord –
And to you they will return. 

 

References 

You were made from dust, and to dust you will return (Genesis 3:19; NLT).

Simon Peter replied, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words that give eternal life” (John 6:68; NLT).

I will send you the Advocate – the Spirit of truth (John 15:26; NLT).

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

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

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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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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