Born like us

She gave birth to her first child, a son (Luke 2:7; NLT).

This is my dearly-loved Son, who brings me great joy (Matthew 17:5; NLT).

Then the soldiers nailed him to the cross (Mark 15:24; NLT).

It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have (Luke 24:39; NIV).

The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being (Hebrews 1:3; NIV).

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Lord,

You were born like us,
Took your first breath,

And shared your selfless love
With us, on earth.

We celebrate your life,
And bitter death;

Your resurrection;
Your inestimable worth.

 

 

Vision

They shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more (Isaiah 2:4; KJV).

They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the Lord (Isaiah 65:25; KJV).

God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16; NIV).

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Lord,

Show us all
A vision of your light;

Reveal to us
A vision of your truth;

Please give us all
A vision of your peace;

And share with us
A vision of your love.

But, ah – you have already done
All this,

By sending us your Son,
Born here on Earth.

GOD WHO LOVES US

God who loves us

Jesus […] emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men (Philippians 2:5-7; ESV).

When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners (Romans 5:6; NLT).

Our God is a God who saves! (Psalm 68:20; NLT).

And this is God’s plan: Both Gentiles and Jews who believe the Good News share equally in the riches inherited by God’s children (Ephesians 3:6; NLT).

For we know how dearly God loves us (Romans 5:5; NLT).


Father,
You laid aside your glory,
Pouring yourself out
To be born on earth –
For you are the God
Who lived with us.

Jesus,
You laid down your life,
Pouring yourself out
So our sins can be forgiven –
For you are the God
Who died for us.

Spirit,
You lay open your truth,
Pouring yourself out
To live in our hearts –
For you are the God
Who saves us.

Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
You lay bare your plan,
Pouring yourself out
To offer us eternal life –
For you are the God
Who loves us.

When I feel empty…

When I feel empty…

Keep on seeking, and you will find (Matthew 7:7; NLT).

 Praise the LORD! (Psalm 28:6; NLT).

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you (1 Peter 5:7; NLT).

Worship only God (Revelation 22:3; NLT).


Lord,
When I feel empty
And alone,
I seek you out
The very best I can.

And when I’m glad
To be alive,
I praise your name
The very best I can.

And when I wish
I’d never been born,
I tell you truthfully,
The very best I can.

And when you fill me
With your love,
I worship you wholeheartedly –
The very best I can.

Christmas

Christmas

Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord (Luke 2:11; NIV).


Father,
I’ve just watched
Some pre-Christmas adverts
On TV.

Their only purpose
Is to make money,
By persuading us
To indulge in excess food,
Alcohol,
And ‘gifts’
We don’t need.

They want us to believe
These things will make us happy,
Rather than corrupting us
In body,
Mind,
And soul.

Lord,
How have we moved
From a simple celebration
Of your birth,
To this appalling orgy
Of over-consumption
And materialistic waste?