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Like Christ

 

Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father (John 14:9; NLT).

The Spirit helps us in our weakness (Romans 8:26; NRSV).

The Lord – who is the Spirit – makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image (2 Corinthians 3:18; NLT).

 

Lord God,

You sent your glorious Son
To show us
What you’re like.

Despite our weakness,
May your Spirit help us
To grow more and more like him.

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No matter what

 

No matter what 
We tell ourselves,

When we look deep
Within

We know that those 
Who follow Christ

Love all,
So let’s begin.

No matter what 
We like to claim,

We know just who   
We shun,

But those who truly 
Follow Christ

Love all,
For we are one. 

 

References

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).

The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love (Galatians 5:6; NIV).

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

There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28; NIV).

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Christ within

 

Christ within:
Our shield from sin.

Christ without:
Our guard from doubt.

Christ below: 
Our spur to grow.

Christ above:
Our store of love.

Christ beside:
Our constant guide.

Christ beyond:
Our common bond. 

 

References

Christ lives within you (Romans 8:10; NLT).

He filled me with the faith and love that come from Christ Jesus (1 Timothy 1:14; NLT).

Let the Holy Spirit guide your lives (Galatians 5:16; NLT).

There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28; NIV).

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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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Smile

 

Smile –
For God is giving you 
His blessing from above. 

Smile –
For Christ is pouring out 
Forgiveness through his blood.

Smile –
For Mary lifts your cares 
To God each time you pray.

Smile –
For God’s great Spirit dwells 
Within you every day.

 

References

God, our God, blesses us (Psalm 67:6; NLT).

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace (Ephesians 1:7; NIV).

Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often (Luke 2:19: NLT).

Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16; NKJV).

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A vagrant

 

Christ our Lord, 
A vagrant
With no beauty in man’s sight;

Christ our Lord,
Despite your rags
You wear a robe of light;

Christ our Lord,
God’s only Son,
Who heals, forgives, and saves;

Christ our Lord,
You suffered death for us,
Your willing slaves.

 

References

He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him (Isaiah 53:2; NIV).

He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light (Matthew 17:2; NIV).

He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies (Psalm 103:2-4; NLT).

Whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else (Mark 10:44; NLT).

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Drink this cup

I wrote this prayer today (5.9.18), at 7.30am, before a hospital visit:

Sit down, my child,
And drink this cup
Of suffering,
Which I have brought. 

Remember all 
That Jesus did,
And practice all
That Jesus taught.

And do not fear
What lies ahead –
The sickness, pain,
And suffering –

Just fix your heart
Upon the prize:
Eternal life,
With Christ, your King.

At 4pm the same day, I learned that I have two invasive cancers in my left breast, so will be having surgery soon. When it seems appropriate, I’ll include news of what’s happening with my daily blogs. If I miss a day or two, which I’ve never done before, you will know there’s a good reason.

References

Shall I not drink from the cup of suffering the Father has given me? (John 18:11; NLT).

Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows (John 16:33; NLT).

Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? (Matthew 6:27; NLT).

Be strong, and do not fear (Isaiah 35:4; NLT).

I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong (2 Corinthians 12:10; KJV).

I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us (Philippians 3:14; NLT).

For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3; NLT).

Look, your King is coming to you. He is humble, riding on a donkey – riding on a donkey’s colt (Matthew 21:5; NLT). 

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