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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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Change

Change germinates in darkness
When we start to seek your light.

Peace springs up with forgiveness
Once we glimpse your sacrifice.

Strength slowly grows through sorrow  
While we grasp your mortal fear;

And when our love matures, at last,
Your harvest-time is near. 

 

References

The kingdom of God is like a farmer who scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, while he’s asleep or awake, the seed sprouts and grows but he does not understand how it happens. The earth produces the crops on its own. First a leaf blade pushes through, then the heads of wheat are formed, and finally the grain ripens. And as soon as the grain is ready, the farmer comes and harvests it with a sickle, for the harvest-time has come (Mark 4:26-9; NLT).

The pain caused you to repent and change your ways (2 Corinthians 7:9; 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).

He [Jesus] prayed more fervently, and he was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood (Luke 22:44; NLT).

The fruit of the Spirit is love (Galatians 5:22; NIV).

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

At harvest-time I will tell the reapers, “First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned, but then gather the wheat into my barn (Matthew 13:30; NET). 

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Exile (Isaiah 9:1-7; NRSV).

Lord,

I spent my early years
In bondage;
My teens and twenties
Trying to escape.

My thirties in the desert
Of depression;
My anxious forties 
In a pathless waste.

My fifties brought me    
To your promised freedom,
A land where I could start
To change and grow.

My sixties came with sickness,  
Loss, restriction,
Yet love and joy at last  
Began to flow. 

How many years remain? 
I cannot guess, Lord.
At present, I have time 
And space to pray –

No longer far from you,
Condemned to exile, 
I dwell in you, and you in me,
Each day. 

 

References

We were Pharaoh’s slaves in Egypt, but the Lord brought us out of Egypt with his strong hand (Deuteronomy 6:21; NLT).

He has known your walking through this great wilderness (Deuteronomy 2:7; HNV).

He chose the Promised Land for our inheritance (Psalm 47:4; NLT).

The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised (Job 1:21; NIV).

You love him even though you have never seen him […] and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy (1 Peter 1:8; NLT).

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

The yoke of their burden, and the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor, you have broken (Isaiah 9:4; NRSV).

 

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Self and soul

 

My self is made of thoughts,
Sensations, 
Feelings,

Which come and go, 
And change, Lord, 
Always new;

And though all these 
Will end, Lord, 
At my passing,

My soul won’t change,
For it is part 
Of you.

 

References 

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

I am the Lord and I do not change (Malachi 3:6; 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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Ever closer

 

May I grow ever closer, Lord,
To you,

Held so securely
In your loving hands

That death creates 
No change at all  

In our relationship.

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References 

You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever (Psalm 16:11; NLT).

In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind  (Job 12:10; NIV).

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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Change

My enemies refuse to change their ways (Psalm 55:19; NLT).

They refuse to change their evil ways (Jeremiah 15:7; NLT).

Change your hearts before the Lord (Jeremiah 4:4; NLT).

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Whenever we try 
To make someone change

We are already doomed, Lord,
To failure;

For we are the ones 
Who are needing to change,

In the light of the other’s
Behaviour.

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Learning, changing and growing

“Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good – except God alone” (Mark 10:18; NIV). 

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

You are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect (Matthew 5:48; NLT).

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Lord Jesus,

Just as you
Were learning,
Changing,
And growing in faith and love
Throughout your life,

Please help me
To do the same.

I ask this, Lord,
In your dear name,
Amen.

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