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We cannot share your light

 

Lord,

We cannot share your light
Without your darkness.

We cannot share your peace
Without your pain. 

We cannot share your hope 
Without your sorrow.

We cannot share your way
Without your shame. 

We cannot share your truth 
Without your weeping.

We cannot share your faith
Without your loss. 

We cannot share your joy 
Without your anguish.

We cannot share your love 
Without your cross.

 

References 

I am the light of the world (John 8:12; NLT).

At noon, darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock (Matthew 27:45; NLT).

Peace I leave you; my peace I give you (John 14:27; NIV).

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

His name will be the hope of all the world (Matthew 12:21; NLT).

He began to be sorrowful and troubled (Matthew 26:37; NLT).

I am the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6; NLT).

He endured the cross, disregarding its shame (Hebrews 12:2; NLT).

Then Jesus wept (John 11:35; NLT).

Father, into your hands I commit my spirit (Luke 23:46; NIV).

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? (Mark 15:34; NLT).

Jesus was filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit (Luke 10:21; NLT).

He was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood (Luke 22:44; NLT).

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends (John 15:13; NIV).

Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me (Luke 9:23; NIV).

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When I crave sympathy

 

Lord,
When I crave sympathy, 
Forgetting love is key,

You tell me straight
What I must do:

Take up your cross, 
Like me.

Lord,
When I am selfish,
And my heart is feeling numb, 

 You tell me straight
What I must do:

Now, leave your nets, 
And come.

Lord, 
When I’m ungrateful,
And forget you’ve set me free,

You tell me straight
What I must do:

Leave all, 
And follow me.

 

References 

Then [Jesus] said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me” (Luke 9:23; NLT).

Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” And they left their nets at once and followed him Mark 1:17-18; NLT).

As Jesus left the town, he saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him (Luke 5:27; NLT).

You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free (John 8:32; NLT).

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Your children

 

May we, your children,
Shine with radiant light.   

May we, your children,
Praise you day and night.

May we, your children,
Bear our cross each day.

May we, your children,
Tread your narrow way.

May we, your children,
Thank you that we live.

May we, your children,
Work hard to forgive.

May we, your children,
Serve you, Lord, with grace. 

May we, your children,
One day see your face.

 

References

The righteous will shine like the sun in their Father’s kingdom (Matthew 13:43; NLT).

She never left the temple but stayed there day and night, worshipping God with fasting and prayer (Luke 2:37; NLT).

Take up your cross and follow me (Matthew 16:24; NLT).

Small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it (Matthew 7:14; NIV).

Give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18; NIV).

If you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you (Matthew 6:14; NIV). 

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace (1 Peter 4:10; NIV).

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

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I want to follow you

 

Lord,
I want to follow you,

And grow more like you
Every day;

To bear my cross
Along your way,

Until I reach 
My death.

Then I will be
At one with you,

And with 
The holy Trinity,  

One union 
For infinity – 

Beyond 
My final breath.

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References

If you do not carry your own cross and follow me, you cannot be my disciple (Luke 14:27; NLT).

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

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

Whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17; NIV).

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Expectations

Help me to give up my expectations 
That others, Lord, will give me what I ask.  

Then I’ll never suffer disappointment,  
But squarely face each trial and each task. 

Help me to give up my expectations 
That others, Lord, should give me what I seek. 

Then I’ll never suffer disillusion, 
For all of us are fallible and weak.

Help me to give up my expectations
That others, Lord, can tell me what to do.

Then I’ll never suffer desolation,
But instead I’ll bear my cross, and trust in you.

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References

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

If you do not carry your own cross and follow me, you cannot be my disciple (Luke 14:27; NLT).

Unfailing love surrounds those who trust in the Lord (Psalm 32:10; NLT).

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Live forever!

At your birth
The angels sing;

In the heavens
Praises ring.

In the temple
Seeking truth –

Far beyond
Your tender youth.

At the river,
Truth descends;

On the mountain,
Light transcends. 

At the Supper,
Destiny;

In the garden, 
Agony.

Then, at last,
Comes your arrest –

So much hatred
Manifest.

Yet, when questioned, 
You stay mute –

All are free 
To persecute.

On the cross,
Your darkest hour;

Pain and sorrow
Overpower.

In the tomb,
Death cannot win –

You live forever,
Heavenly King!

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References

The angel was joined by a vast host of others […] praising God (Luke 2:13; NLT). 

They finally discovered him in the Temple, sitting among the religious teachers, listening to them and asking questions (Luke 2:46; NLT).

After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him (Matthew 3:16; NLT).

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

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 was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood (Luke 22:44; NLT).

So the soldiers, their commanding officer, and the Temple guards arrested Jesus and tied him up (John 18:12; NLT).

“Hail! King of the Jews!” they mocked, as they slapped him across the face (John 19:3; NLT).

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? (Mark 15:34; NLT).

Death could not keep him in its grip (Acts 2:24; NLT).

He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf (Hebrews 7:25; NLT).

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Forgiveness

Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us (Luke 11:4; NLT).

Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you (Matthew 5:44; NIV).

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

Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing (Luke 23:34; NLT).

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Forgive me
For my many sins,
Lord Jesus,

And help me
To forgive all those
Who hurt me,

As you forgave
Those luckless
Roman soldiers,

Whose task it was
To nail you
To the cross.

 

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