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Abba, Father

Abba, Father, 
I love you;
And, to my amazement,
You love me.

Imma, Mother,
I love you;
And, to my great gladness,
You love me.

Yeshu, Brother,  
I love you;
And, to my delight, Lord,
You love me.

Ruach, Sister,
I love you;
And, to my deep comfort,
You love me.

References, notes, and acknowledgement

You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind (Luke 10:27; NLT).

Many will see what he has done and be amazed (Psalm 40:3; NLT).

He loves us with unfailing love (Psalm 117:2; NLT).

I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content (Psalm 131:2; NIV).

Take delight in the Lord (Psalm 37:4; NLT).

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

Notes

Abba means father in Aramaic.

Imma means mother in Aramaic. 

Yeshu means Jesus in Aramaic.

Ruach means Holy Spirit (or breath), in Aramaic, and is feminine. 

Acknowledgement

Many thanks to Wikipedia for these translations.

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Giver of mercy

No one can receive anything unless God gives it from heaven 
(John 3:27; NLT).

 

Giver of mercy, 
Our Father, our light;  

Giver of patience,
Our Mother, our life;

Giver of healing,
Our Saviour, our Priest; 

Giver of comfort,
Our Spirit, our peace.

 

References

The Lord our God is merciful (Daniel 9:9; NLT).

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

Jesus healed many people who were sick (Mark 1:34; NLT).

As you share in our sufferings, you will also share in the comfort God gives us (2 Corinthians 1:7; NLT).

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Each life conceived

 

You are each life conceived; 
Each messy birth;

You are the air we breathe;
All life on earth. 

You are the light we see;
The storms we brave;

You are each heartfelt plea;  
The peace we crave.

You are our comfort here;  
Our daily bread; 

You are the fire we fear;        
The judge we dread.

You are the way to live; 
The pain we face;

You are the love we give;
The source of grace.

You are the food we eat;
The cup we drink;

You are the truth we seek –
Our missing link.

 

References

There is one Lord […] who is over all and in all and living through all (Ephesians 4:5-6; NLT).

God is light (1 John 1:5; NLT). 

The Lord is peace (Judges 6:24; NLT).

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6; NLT).

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

God is love (1 John 4:16; NIV).

He comforts us in all our troubles (2 Corinthians 1:4, NLT).

Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life” (John 6:35; NLT).

The Lord your God is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24).

God will judge us (Ecclesiastes 12:14; NLT).

God is love (1 John 4:16; NLT).

Let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will […] find grace to help us when we need it most (Hebrews 4:16; NLT). 

Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you cannot have eternal life within you (John 6:53; NLT).

The Spirit is truth (1 John 5:6; NKJV).

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You take us in your arms

 

You take us in your arms each day,
Though we, Lord, cannot see you;  

And carry us along the way,   
Though we, Lord, disregard you.

You hold our hands when we feel scared, 
Though we, Lord, may not know you;

And comfort us when life is hard,
Though we, Lord, soon forget you.

You bear us to our resting place,
Though we, Lord, still deny you –

Until we see you face to face, 
Then, we cannot ignore you!

 

References

Each day he carries us in his arms (Psalm 68:19; NLT).

Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe (John 20:29; NIV).

The fool says in his heart, “There is no God” (Psalm 14:1; NIV).

I hold you by your right hand – I, the Lord your God (Isaiah 41:13; NLT).

He comforts us in all our troubles (2 Corinthians 1:4, NLT).

The dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; NIV).

Now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face (1 Corinthians 13:12; NRSV).

The eternal God is your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you (Deuteronomy 33:27; NLT).

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Comfort and strength

 

Lord, 

Comfort me,
And give me strength,

To face the trials
I must bear;

And may I comfort 
Others, too,

And strengthen them,
When they must share 

The suffering 
None can avoid –  

So we may grow 
Like you.

 

References 

He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us (2 Corinthians 1:4, NLT).

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

Comfort each other (1 Thessalonians 5:11; NKJV).

Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2; NLT).

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

We will be like him (1 John 3:2; NLT).

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When we want to talk about ourselves

 

Lord,
When we want to talk about ourselves,
Remind us others may have problems, too,
So we can ask, and listen,
Just like you.

Lord,
When we feel sorry for ourselves,
Remind us others may be suffering, too,
So we can ask, and comfort them,
Like you.

Lord,
When we crave support just for ourselves,
Remind us others may need cheering too,
So we can ask, and strengthen them,
Like you.

Lord,
When we long for love to come our way,
Remind us others may feel lonely, too,
So we can ask, and love them,
Just like you.

 

References

How frail is humanity! How short is life, how full of trouble (Job 14:1; NLT).

They suffer painfully; their life is full of trouble (Job 14:22; NLT).

When Jesus heard them, he stopped and called, “What do you want me to do for you?” (Matthew 20:32; NLT).

Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2; NLT).

Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn (Romans 12:15).

In all their suffering he also suffered (Isaiah 63:9; NLT).

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Everlasting light

 

Holy Spirit,
Fill us,

Dwell in us, 
And help us;

Guide us to Christ’s truth, 
His way, his life.

Holy Spirit,
Comfort us,

Counsel us;
Encourage us;

Lead us to God’s 
Everlasting light.

 

References 

Be filled the Holy Spirit (Luke 10:21; 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).

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

When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth (John 16:13; NLT).

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6; NLT).

He will give you another Advocate [Comforter, Encourager, Counsellor], who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth (John 14:16-17; NLT). 

The Lord your God will be your everlasting light (Isaiah 60:19; NLT).

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