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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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When we lose our inner light

 

Father,
When we lose
Our inner light,
May we walk by faith, 
Instead of sight. 

Jesus,
When we yield
Those we hold dear, 
May we mourn with hope,
Instead of fear.

Spirit,
When we take 
Our final breath,
May we know your love,
Instead of death. 

 

References

We walk by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7; NLT).

Your days of mourning will come to an end (Isaiah 60:20; NLT).

Love is as strong as death (Song of Songs 8:6; NLT).

Three things will last forever – faith, hope and love – and the greatest of these is love (1 Corinthians 13:13; NLT).

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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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How can I thank you?

 

How can I thank you, Lord my God,
For everything you give?
For every pulse, and every breath,
And every day I live?

How can I thank you, Lord, my God,
For every drop of rain?
For every tree, and every fruit,
And every head of grain?

How can I thank you, Lord, my God,
For every falling leaf?
For every loss, and every death,
And every tide of grief?

How can I thank you, Lord, my God,
For every gift of love?
For every fear, and every wound, 
And every drop of blood?

 

References

Thank him for all he has done (Philippians 4:6; NLT).

He gives us rain each spring and fall, assuring us of a harvest when the time is right (Jeremiah 5:24; NLT).

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

Not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it (Matthew 10:29; NLT).

There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends (John 15:13; NLT).

This is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many (Matthew 26:28; 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).

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You are my heartbeat

 

Lord,
You are my heartbeat,
The pulsing of my blood;
The breath that keeps my mind alive,
My readiness to love. 

Lord,
You are my Maker,  
The Friend I don’t deserve;
My Saviour, and my lifelong goal, 
My readiness to serve.

Lord,
You are my Father, 
The One who will forgive;
My life-force, and my heart’s desire,
My readiness to live.

 

References

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

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

God created human beings in his own image (Genesis 1:27; NLT).

You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him (Luke 4:8; NLT).

He forgives all my sins (Psalm 103:2; NLT).

Choose life instead of death! (2 Kings 18:32; NLT).

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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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Every breath

 

May every breath 
Become a prayer,

May every prayer 
Become a dove,

May every dove 
Fly to your heart,

And rest, forever, 
In your love.

 

References

I will pray as long as I have breath! (Psalm 116:2; NLT).

Oh, that I had wings like a dove; then I would fly away and rest! (Psalm 55:6; NLT).

Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow builds her nest and raises her young at a place near your altar, O Lord of Heaven’s Armies (Psalm 84:3; NLT). 

Come to me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28; NLT).

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