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Life on earth

 

Lord,

If, one by one, 
We give up trying to seek you,

Dropping our attempts 
To love and serve 

Till there are no believers left 
At all,

What will the future hold
For life on earth?

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References

Keep on seeking, and you will find (Matthew 7:7; NLT).

If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me (Jeremiah 29:13; NLT).

The Lord looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. All have turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one. Do all these evildoers know nothing? They devour my people as though eating bread; they never call on the Lord (Psalm 14:2-4; NIV).

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Your only Son

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

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful (2 Timothy 4:7; (NLT).

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

God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life (John 3:16, NRSV).

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Lord,

When our time on earth 
Is done,

And, long or short,
Our race is run,

With all our battles lost
And won –

Then, we will see 
Your only Son.

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Sacred elements

Lord,

Thank you for this
Heavenly, holy world,

And all the sacred elements
Of life –

For earth 
And air;

For water, Lord, 
And fire; 

For peace, 
And truth;

And, far above all others, Lord,
For love.

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In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1; NLT). 

God is light (1 John 1:5; NIV). 

God is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; NIV).

God is the spring of living water (Jeremiah 2:13; NIV).

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

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

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

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

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The kingdom of God

Love without
And love within,

Free from fear,
And free from sin;

One with you
Who gave me birth –

This, your kingdom, 
Here on earth.

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Perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18; NKJV).

He gave his life to free us from from every kind of sin (Titus 2:14; NLT).

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

You created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13; NIV).

The Kingdom of God is already among you (Luke 17:21; NLT).

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Peace

May your peace reign
Throughout the earth –

The peace that is beyond
All understanding;

And may each order
To make war

Find your love    
Countermanding.

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The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7; NIV).

Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end (Isaiah 9:7; NIV).

He shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more (Isaiah 2:4; KJV).

Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it (Psalm 34:14; NLT).

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Sunlight

You give everyone your sunlight,
You give everyone your rain;

You give everyone your Son, Lord,
You give everyone your name.

So everyone deserves our kindness,
Everyone deserves our love;

Everyone deserves our help,
So earth becomes like heaven above.

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He gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike (Matthew 5:45; NLT).

God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son (John 3:16; NIV).

I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name (Ephesians 3:15; NIV).

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

Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10; NLT).

The Kingdom of God is already among you (Luke 17:21; NLT).

The Lord your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below (Joshua 2:11; NLT).

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God who made the earth

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1; NLT).

The Son of Man has come down from heaven (John 3:13; NLT).

The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, He will teach you all things (John 14:26; NKJV).

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me (Psalm 23:4; KJV).

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Holy Father,
God who made the earth,

Son of Man,
Who came to us by birth,

Holy Spirit,
Helper, teacher, friend –

Be with us throughout life,
And at its end.

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