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King of kings

 

Lord,
In contemplation,
May I forget my cares,
So I can lose myself in you,
For you know all my prayers.

Lord,
In contemplation,
May I forget to plead,
So I can lose myself in you,
For you know what I need.

Lord,
In contemplation,
May I forget each friend,
So I can lose myself in you
As words come to an end.

Lord,
In contemplation,
May I forget each foe,
So I can lose myself in you,
And leave behind all woe.

Lord,
In contemplation,
May I forget to pray,
So I can lose myself in you
And leave life far away.

Lord,
In contemplation,
May I forget all things,
Until, at last, there’s only you,
Lord God, the King of kings.

 

References

God has made me forget all my troubles (Genesis 41:51; NLT).

You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord (Psalm 139:4; NIV).

Your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him (Matthew 6:8; NLT).

Be silent before the Sovereign Lord (Zephaniah 1:7; NIV).

He is Lord of all lords, and King of all kings (Revelation 17:14; NLT).

 

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Your presence in me (2)

The blogs posted today and yesterday are mirror images. Today’s is about other people seeing God in us. Yesterday’s was about us seeing God in others.

 

When I’m with a neighbour
May they recognise
Your presence in me, Lord,
So they will see you in my eyes.

When I greet a stranger
May they seek and find
Your presence in me, Lord,
As they discover you are kind.

When I meet a foreigner
May they understand
Your presence in me, Lord,
Then they will gladly take my hand.

When somebody hurts me
May they grasp anew
Your presence in me, Lord,
When I forgive them, just like you.

 

References

Love your neighbour as yourself (Mark 12:31; NLT).

Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us (Col 3:11; NLT).

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

Love ye therefore the stranger (Deuteronomy 10:19; KJV).

Show love to foreigners (Deuteronomy 10:19; NLT).

Love your enemies (Matthew 5:44; NLT).

Pray for those who hurt you (Luke 6:28; NLT).

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

Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it (Hebrews 13:2; NIV).

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Your presence in others (1)

The blogs posted today and tomorrow are mirror images. Today’s is about us seeing God in other people. Tomorrow’s will be about other people seeing God in us.

 

When I’m with a neighbour
May I recognise
Your presence in them, Lord,
Then I will see you in their eyes.

When I greet a stranger
May I keep in mind
Your presence in them, Lord,
So I will search for you, and find.

When I meet a foreigner
May I understand
Your presence in them, Lord,
Then I will offer them my hand.

When somebody hurts me
May I recollect
Your presence in them, Lord,
As I forgive, and reconnect.

 

References

Love your neighbour as yourself (Mark 12:31; NLT).

Their eyes were opened, and they recognised him (Luke 24:31; NLT).

Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us (Col 3:11; NLT).

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

Love ye therefore the stranger (Deuteronomy 10:19; KJV).

Show love to foreigners (Deuteronomy 10:19; NLT).

Love your enemies (Matthew 5:44; NLT).

Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it (Hebrews 13:2; NIV).

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Learn to love

You give me 
Every breath, Lord,
Every heartbeat,

Each joy,
Each sorrow –
All I need to grow.

Please help me
As I learn 
To love my neighbour.

Please help me
As I learn 
To love my foe.

 

References 

He himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else (Acts 17:25; NIV).

Enjoy prosperity while you can, but when hard times strike, realise that both come from God. Remember that nothing is certain in this life (Ecclesiastes 7:14; NLT).

When your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow (James 1:3; NLT).

Love your neighbour as yourself (Matthew 22:39; NIV).

Love your enemies (Matthew 5:44; NIV).

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We are one

 

Lord,

Every time I fail 
To love my neighbour,
Help me to remember
We are one.

Every time I fail
To love a foreigner,  
Help me to remember
We are one.

Every time I fail 
To love a stranger,
Help me to remember
We are one.

And every time I fail 
To love my enemy,  
Help me to remember
We are one. 

 

References

Love your neighbour (Mark 12:31; NLT).

Show love to foreigners (Deuteronomy 10:19; NLT).

Love ye therefore the stranger (Deuteronomy 10:19; KJV).

Love your enemies (Matthew 5:44; NLT).

You are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28; NLT).

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Oneness

One with you, Lord, 
One with all –
This, our blessing, 
This, our call.

One with neighbour,
Stranger, foe –
All are one  
In your love’s flow.

This our treasure;
This our task –
This is all  
We need to ask.

One in body,  
Heart, and mind –
Seeing more
Means we are blind!

One great Soul
Beyond all price –
Oneness, Lord,
Is paradise.

 

References

I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one (John 17:22; NLT).

You are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28; NLT).

We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other (Romans 12:5; NLT).

I entered this world […] to give sight to the blind and to show those who think they see that they are blind (John 9:39; NLT).

We have all been baptised into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:13; NLT).

Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43; NIV).

 

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Every time I fail

 

Lord, 

Every time I fail 
To love my neighbours,

Strangers, migrants, 
Enemies, or friends,

May I admit my guilt and shame
Before you, 

Then turn to them,
And try to make amends.

 

References

Love your neighbour as yourself (Mark 12:31; NLT).

Love ye therefore the stranger (Deuteronomy 10:19; KJV).

Show love to foreigners (Deuteronomy 10:19; NLT).

Love your enemies (Matthew 5:44; NLT).

Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends (Proverbs 17:9; NLT).

Repent of your sins and turn to God (Matthew 3:2; NLT).

So if you are presenting a sacrifice at the altar in the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you, leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God (Matthew 5:23-4; NLT). 

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