death, Faith, hope, love, God, Prayer, suffering

I cry to you

 

Lord,
When I can’t pray
I cry to you;
When I can’t face the day
I fly to you.

Lord,
When I’m storm-tossed
I cry to you;
And when all hope is lost
I fly to you.

Lord,
When I despair
I cry to you;
Trusting in your care,
I fly to you.

Lord,
When I must die
I’ll cry to you,
And then my soul, at last,
Will fly to you.

 

References

Hear my cry, O Lord (Psalm 119:149; NLT).

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

The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” (Matthew 8:25; NLT).

Our hope is lost (Ezekiel 37:11; RSV).

I am sick with despair (Psalm 35:12; NLT).

Trust in God (John 14:1; NLT).

He cares about you (1 Peter 5:7; NLT).

All of us must die eventually (2 Samuel 14:14; NLT).

When Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit (Luke 23:46; KJV).

Seventy years are given to us! Some even live to eighty. But even the best years are filled with pain and trouble; soon they disappear and we fly away (Psalm 90:10; 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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Waiting for the ambulance

Lord, 

Waiting for the ambulance,
At last, I fully comprehend
That when I die, I’ll leave this life,
And instantly transcend 

Beloved partner, family, home,
The hastily-packed bag,
And all the things I foolishly believed
Could make me glad.

With nothing more to think, or do, 
And nothing more to say,
My mind and heart will cease to be,
My soul, unseen, will slip away,

And I will quit this body, Lord,
Leave time, and space, and mass behind,
To merge with all the universe,
In your unfathomable mind.

 

References

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

The same one who descended is the one who ascended higher than all the heavens, so that he might fill the entire universe with himself (Ephesians 4:10; NLT).

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

How unsearchable are his judgements, and unfathomable his ways! (Romans 11:33; NASB).

Who has known the mind of the Lord? (Romans 11:34; NIV).

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Without faith

I pray for those, Lord,  
Walking without faith,
For life is hard when we
Dismiss your love.  

I pray for those 
Who suffer without faith,
For pain is hard when we
Forget your blood.

I pray for those, Lord, 
Dying without faith,
For death is hard when we
Reject your grace. 

I pray for those 
Who meet you unprepared –
Awestruck, Lord,
To see you face to face. 

 

References

Jesus said to his disciples, “Have faith in God” (Mark 11:22; 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).

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).

My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9; NLT).

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).

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).

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When I die

Lord,

When I die  
My breath will slowly dwindle, 

My thoughts and feelings fade, 
My heartbeat cease;

Then my soul, with joy,
Will leave this body, 

To reunite with you
In perfect peace. 

 

References

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

O Lord of Heaven’s Armies, what joy for those who trust in you (Psalm 84:12; NLT).

Return, O my soul, to your rest (Psalm 116:7; NRSV).

Then the dust will return to the earth, and the spirit will return to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; NLT).

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you (Isaiah 26:3; NLT).

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Thank you, Lord

 

Thank you, Lord, 
For loving us so much,
And waiting for us all
To turn to you;

For always being ready 
To forgive, 
And wanting us 
To share your Spirit too. 

Thank you, Lord,
For sending us your Son,
Our teacher, shepherd,
Living bread, and light;

Who died for us
So we can be forgiven,
And shows, in human form, 
What you are like.

 

References

The Lord must wait for you to come to him (Isaiah 30:18; NLT).

He forgives all my sins (Psalm 103:3; NLT).

God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16; RSV).

Christ […] died for sinners to bring you safely home to God (1 Peter 3:18; NLT).

In Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form (Colossians 2:9; NIV).

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Be open

 

Be open
To the presence
Of our God –

The One who makes
The earth, and sea, 
And sky;

The One who shares 
Our lives of pain 
And pleasure;

The One who gave us 
His dear Son –
To die.  

 

References

Surely the Lord is in this place, and I wasn’t even aware of it! (Genesis 28:16; NLT).

There is only one God, the Father, who created everything, and we live for him (1 Corinthians 8:6; NLT).

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

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

God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16; RSV).

This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased (Matthew 17:5; NIV).

The Son of Man must die, as the Scriptures declared long ago (Mark 14:21; NLT).

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Breathe

 

Breathe,
Live;
Love,
Give.

Pray,
Grow;
Serve,
Know.

Grieve,
Cry;
Bear,
Die.

See,
Kiss;
Merge,
Bliss.

 

References

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

Never stop praying (1 Thessalonians 5:17; NLT).

Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his (Psalm 100:3; NIV).

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

Now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face (1 Corinthians 13:12; NIV).

While he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him (Luke 15:20; NIV).

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

Come and share your master’s happiness (Matthew 25:21; NIV).

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